Kolkata: The breakdown in Trinamool Congress (TMC) is continuing due to elections in West Bengal. Many big leaders including Suvendu Adhikari and Dinesh Trivedi have joined the BJP by saying goodbye to the party. Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee has received another major blow. On Monday, together 5 TMC MLAs said goodbye to the party. Leaving the party, these MLAs joined the BJP. At the same time, the control of Malda Zilla Parishad also went away from the Trinamool Congress and went into the hands of the BJP.
Sonali Guha, a four-time MLA and a close associate of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee for decades and a prominent face of the Singur movement, 80-year-old Rabindranath Bhattacharya joined the BJP as he was not given a ticket in the election.
Four-time MLA Jattu Lahiri, a four-time MLA and former footballer Dipendu Biswas, who became a first-time MLA, also switched sides after not being named in the TMC candidates list released on March 5.
He was handed the party flags by BJP state president Dilip Ghosh in the presence of other leaders like Suvendu Adhikari and Mukul Roy. Another Trinamool MLA, Sital Sardar, also joined the BJP later.
Sarla Murmu, who was removed from the TMC candidate from the Habibpur seat in the Malda district due to poor health, also changed her face. A few hours ago, due to poor health,’ it was announced to nominate someone else for his seat. There was speculation that she might join the BJP as she did not get the seat she wanted. The party announced Pradeep Bakshey’s name in his place in the morning.
The BJP also took control of the 38-member Malda Zilla Parishad as 22 members switched sides.
Meanwhile, Bengali actress Tanushree Chakraborty also joined the BJP.
It is worth noting that the assembly elections in the state will be held in eight phases from 27 March to 29 April. Votes will be counted on 2 May.