Blow for Mamata as 2 TMC MPs quit, 2 extra would possibly possibly possibly well be a part of BJP – Instances of India

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KOLKATA/NEW DELHI: Before the basic elections, Trinamool Congress suffered its first-ever defection within the Lok Sabha with its Bishnupur MP Soumitra Khan becoming a member of the rival BJP on Wednesday. Bolpur MP Anupam Hazra is anticipated to follow suit.

A BJP leader acknowledged as antagonistic to Khan, “a minimum of six TMC MPs are in contact with us”. Even as the Bengal BJP refused to name them, hypothesis is rife that Arpita Ghosh and Satabdi Roy, too, would possibly possibly possibly well desolate tract TMC. Sources acknowledged the disgruntled TMC MPs are identified to be shut to the celebration’s venerable No. 2 Mukul Roy, who had joined BJP.

The rumblings within the TMC intention 10 days sooner than CM Mamata Banerjee’s January 19 Kolkata rally geared toward giving shape to an anti-BJP platform. TMC used to be hasty to expel each and every Khan and Hazra for anti-celebration activities, while accusing them of corruption. The excitement about each and every the MPs becoming a member of BJP had been on for the reason that monsoon session closing 12 months as it used to be particular TMC would no longer re-nominate them within the Lok Sabha polls.

Practising his guns on the CM, Soumitra Khan acknowledged TMC used to be no longer a celebration nonetheless a “non-public firm” of Mamata and her nephew Abhishek. “A syndicate raj and police raj are going available-in-hand in Bengal,” he acknowledged.

Abhishek, an observer for Bankura, acknowledged, “Soumitra used to be a ‘jote’ (Trinamool and Congress) candidate in 2011, switched to Trinamool and was an MP in 2014. He would possibly possibly possibly well restful provide accounts for MPLAD expenditure. He’s accountable to folks.”

Khan’s intention to quit TMC got right here soon after Bankura SDPO Sukomal Das registered a case in opposition to him following complaints of corruption in recruitment of major lecturers. A day earlier, the MP’s assistant Susanta Dan used to be arrested.

The Bishnupur MP had met BJP president Amit Shah sooner than becoming a member of the celebration within the presence of Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Khan has been assured a BJP ticket within the basic elections, BJP sources acknowledged. Khan’s entry will give a fillip to BJP in Bankura, where the celebration had won 234 gram panchayat seats.

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