Up to date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 23:00 [IST]
New Delhi, Jan 20: Desertions and dissidence continued to afflict the ruling Trinamool Congress, with one other MLA becoming a member of the BJP on Wednesday whereas one other elected consultant publicly aired his grievances.
Arindam Bhattacharya, the MLA of Santipur in Nadia district, met the BJP”s nationwide basic secretary and Bengal minder Kailash Vijayvargiya in New Delhi and joined the saffron camp on the occasion”s nationwide headquarters.
Bhattacharya had gained the meeting election on a Congress ticket in 2016 and converted to the TMC the following yr.
After becoming a member of the BJP, he claimed that the state”s youth should not pleased with the Mamata Banerjee authorities as a result of lack of jobs and industrialisation.
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“West Bengal now needs to get recognized with Modiji”s Mantra of Atmanirbhar Bharat. We wish an Atmanirbhar West Bengal,” he mentioned and alleged that he was not allowed to work in his space.
Bhattacharya joins the rising listing of the TMC leaders and elected representatives who modified sides forward of the meeting election due in April-Could this yr.
Reacting to the event, senior TMC MP Sougata Ray mentioned that Bhattachraya”s desertion is nice riddance.
“Extra the folks like him depart the occasion, the higher it might be for us. He had come to the TMC from the Congress, and now he joined the BJP. It solely reveals his true colors,” Ray mentioned.
The TMC obtained a serious jolt final month throughout Union Residence Minister Amit Shah”s rally at Midnapore, when within the largest desertion from the TMC on a single day, occasion heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari and 34 different leaders, together with 5 MLAs and an MP, converted to the saffron camp. For the reason that 2019 Lok Sabha polls, wherein the BJP bagged 18 seats in West Bengal, simply 4 lower than the TMC, and emerged as its challenger within the state, 15 MLAs and an MP of the TMC, three Left MLAs and and an equal variety of Congress legislators have joined the BJP.
Nevertheless, none of them, besides Suvendu Adhikari, resigned as member of the meeting. In the meantime, Uttarpara MLA Prabir Ghosal alleged that restore work of a key street in his constituency was not being allowed by a bit of occasion leaders to hurt his ballot prospects. “I’m not allowed to work correctly in my space. My sources instructed me that they’re creating hurdles in developmental work in my space as they need me defeated within the subsequent election. A bit of the (Hooghly) district unit is conspiring in opposition to me,” he mentioned.
The Kanaipur-Nabagram Street has been in a really dangerous form however his initiative to restore it’s being foiled by a gaggle led by Kanaipur gram panchayat pradhan and native TMC chief Achhe Lal Yadav, the journalist turned politician claimed.
Terming Ghosal”s allegations as baseless, Yadav mentioned, “He’s a decorative MLA. He’s issuing such statements solely to point out me in poor gentle.”
Occasion sources mentioned Ghosal and TMC Hooghly district president Dilip Yadav have been at loggerheads over organisational issues.
Ghosal joins MLA Baishali Dalmiya, ministers Rajib Banerjee and Sadhan Pande and a number of other different TMC to voice grievances about the way in which of functioning of occasion leaders.
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