NOW ON TO BENGAL … Mukul Roy says over 100 MLAs ready to quit their parties and join BJP to pull Mamata’s govt down


KOLKATA: Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy on Saturday said nearly 107 MLAs, a majority of them from the ruling TMC in West Bengal, are in touch with the saffron party and are likely to join it “very soon”.

Several Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, both at the state and district levels, have lost confidence in the Mamata Banerjee-led party and are fed up with the way it is functioning, he told the media here. “Nearly 107 MLAs are in touch with us. A majority of them are from the TMC. A few are from the Congress and the CPIM. They are willing to join the saffron camp very soon,” Roy said.

Roy’s claim comes within days after several TMC councillors returning to the party after joining the BJP. Since the Lok Sabha poll results, in which the BJP won 18 out of the 42 parliamentary seats in the state, six TMC MLAs and one each from the Congress and the CPM had switched to the saffron party.

Roy, a former TMC leader who joined the saffron camp in 2017 following differences with chief minister Mamata Banerjee, also mocked the Trinamool Congress after it “appointed” political strategist Prashant Kishor as consultant to improve the image of the party.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP, Subramanian Swamy, has suggested that the “Italian family” exit the Congress party and allow someone like Mamata Banerjee to take over the Congress party at the national level.

Swamy said a strong Opposition is the need of the hour for a functional democracy. The Congress party is so weak that it could not get even one-tenth of the seats in the Lok Sabha and hence could not claim the post of Leader of Opposition. Swamy’s comment was made in this context.

Swamy said the political scenario in Kashmir and Goa now suggested that there was the need for a strong opposition. Agencies, IHN-NN


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