INSIDE BENGAL … Mamamta’s fortress crumbles .. 3 MLAs, 50 councillors join BJP


NEW DELHI: In the first jolt to the Trinamool Congress after polls, one of its MLAs was among three legislators who quit their parties and joined the BJP on Tuesday. Mukul Roy’s son Subhrangshu Roy MLA, who was suspended from the TMC after its rout in the polls, also joined the BJP. 

This follows quick on the heels of the major electoral reverses the three parties faced in the state, where the BJP won 18 of the 42 seats, whereas the TMC won 23 seats. The legislators are Trinamool’s Tusharkanti Bhattacharya and CPIM’s Debendra Nath Roy, apart from Subhrangshu Roy. 

As many as 50 municipal councillors also joined the BJP from other parties, who were paraded before the media by BJP leader Mukul Roy, who himself was formerly the second-in-command in the TMC after Mamata Banerjee as its head. Among those who quit the TMC were several women councillors, who reached Delhi a day ago. They stood behind  in colourful sarees as Roy addressed the media to announce the well-orchestrated exodus from West Bengal.

Mukul Roy said more elected represenatives will join the BJP soon from other parties, and hinted that the days of the Mamata Banerjee government is numbered.

The BJP made impressive gains in West Bengal this time, increasing its seat count from just two in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls to 18 and raising its vote share from 16.8 per cent in 2014 to 40.25 per cent now. –IHN-NN


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