TMC suffers a setback after more leaders switch sides
The Trinamool Congress, led by Mamata Banerjee, celebrated the 23rd of its founding on Friday amid further setbacks at two of its prestigious West Bengal citadels.
Soumendu Adhikari, former president of Kanthi Township and brother of Suvendu Adhikari, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday. Suvendu, the former MLA from Nandigram’s East Midnapore party, had defected to the BJP on December 20. Rabindranath Bhattacharya, TMC MLA of Singur, skipped the celebration of the founding day of the party in his constituency. An MLA from an adjacent constituency attended.
Singur and Nandigram are prestigious constituencies for the party because the massive movements against land acquisition in these two areas during 2006-08 paved the way for the political resurrection of Mamata Banerjees.
“On the #TMCFoundationDay, I extend my sincere thanks to our Maa-Mati-Manush and to all of our workers who continue to fight with us to make Bengal better and stronger every day. The Trinamool family will continue this determination in the future! When Trinamool turns 23 years old today, I look back on the path that we began on January 1, 1998. Our years have been one of immense struggle, but throughout this time we have continued to achieve our goal of being committed to the cause only of village. “Banerjee tweeted on Friday.
Earlier this week, Suvendu Adhikari had hinted at a BJP rally that all members of his family would soon be joining the saffron party.
“Let me tell you that the lotus will bloom in my house. Wait for Ram Navami and Basanti Puja, ”Adhikari said on December 29.
Three days later, his brother Soumendu joined the BJP in a rally led by Suvendu at Kanthi in East Midnapore. Earlier, Soumendu was removed as head of the civic board by the TMC. He moved the higher court against that decision.
“Those who want to leave the party are free to do so. Mamata Banerjee had successfully uprooted the 34-year-old Left Front regime. We are not worried. We would win the polls again fighting under Mamata Banerjee, ”said Sheikh Sufian, TMC Senior Leader and Vice President of East Midnapore Parishad Zilla.
Rabindranath Bhattacharya, a veteran of the party and Singur MLA, had attacked party colleague Becharam Manna, Haripal’s MLA party in the same district. Although Bhattacharya could not be reached after he skipped Friday’s performance, Manna said: “An invitation was sent out to everyone for Friday’s founding day program. You could have other commitments. It will not be correct to see these things in bad light, especially on the foundation day. ”
TMC faced its first setback in Singur when opposition BJP gained an advantage in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Encouraged by their impressive gains in those polls where the party won 18 out of 42 seats, the BJP has set itself the goal of winning. more than 200 seats in the 294-member legislative assembly.