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Rajib Banerjee, Other Former TMC Leaders Join BJP in Delhi | India News


CALCUTTA / NEW DELHI: Former West Bengal Minister Rajib Banerjee, who recently resigned from the Trinamool Congress, joined the BJP in the national capital on Saturday along with some other leaders of the state’s ruling party after meeting with the BJP leader and the Union Minister of the Interior, Amit Shah. .
Banerjee and MLAs Prabir Ghosal and Baishali Dalmiya, who was recently expelled from the TMC, and former Howrah mayor Rathin Chakraborty flew to the national capital in a special plane and met with the central leaders of the BJP.
“They have joined the BJP,” party secretary general Kailash Vijayvargiya told PTI after the meeting.
Former TMC MLA Parthasarathi Chattopadhyay and actor Rudranil Ghosh had also accompanied them on their visit to meet with BJP leaders in the national capital.
BJP National Vice President Mukul Roy and Vijayvargiya arrived in Delhi with them.
The TMC, which has faced dissent from various leaders ahead of the April-May assembly elections, said those leaving do not have a long political history.
Hours earlier, Banerjee said he had spoken to Shah, who called him to the national capital.
“After I resigned from TMC, I received a call from the BJP leadership … Amit Shah ji told me to go to Delhi. He also asked me to pass the information on to five other important public figures who wanted to serve the people of a best way to accompany me.
“If I have the assurance of the development of the state, if I have the assurance that I can work for the betterment of the people, I will join the BJP,” he told reporters at Kolkata airport.
When asked what role he hopes to play in the BJP, Banerjee said that it is the party that decides.
“I want to work for the people. So whatever role is assigned to me, I will accept it,” he said. Instead of making fun of each other, the Center and the West Bengal government should work together for the people of the state.
Actor Rudranil Ghosh, who has recently expressed his discontent over the issue of governance in Bengal and the alleged corruption in the distribution of monetary compensation to people affected by Cyclone Amphan last year, said he wants to work for the people and play an important role in the state in the future.
Uttarpara MLA Prabir Ghosal, who recently alleged that a faction of the party was not allowing the repair of a road in his constituency to damage his electoral prospects, told reporters that he would join the BJP.
According to BJP sources, these TMC leaders were supposed to join the saffron feast during Amit Shah’s rally at Dumurjula in Howrah on Sunday. However, Shah’s two-day visit to West Bengal was canceled at the last minute.
The ruling TMC in West Bengal was rocked by a new episode of defections on Friday, when Banerjee left the party and several other leaders joined him.
Reacting to the development, TMC senior deputy and party spokesman Sougata Ray said: “Those who left did not have a long political history and most of them were included in the party by (the party’s chief and supreme minister) Mamata. Banerjee. In the future, TMC will be careful. ”
Another senior TMC leader and minister, Subrata Mukherjee, said: “What can we do if someone wants to go? Ours is a great party. We cannot prevent dissidents from deploying armed forces.”

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