HIT BELOW BELT … BJP welcomes 13 popular actors from Bengal into its fold; down-and-out Mamata gets a big shock

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NEW DELHI: As many as 13 popular film-TV personalities from West Bengal joined the B JP on Thursday, in what is seen as a hit below the belt to the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state. They joined the saffron party at the BJP headquarters here in the presence of the state party chief Mukul Roy, among others.

They included, among others, Kanchana Moitra,  Biswajit Ganguly, Rishi Kaushik, Rupanjana Mitra, Paurno Mitra, Deb Ranjan Nag, Arindam Halder, Maumita Gupta, Anindya Banejree, Sourav Chakraborty, Kaushik Chakrabortyl, Roopa Bhattacharjee, and Anjana Basu. TMC had fielded several TV personalities in the Lok Sabha elections to colour up its campaign.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who made an attempt to become prime minister by rallying anti-BJP, non-Congress opposition forces by way of a build-up before the Lok Sabha polls, failed even to guard her territory this time. The BJP came from behind and won 18 seats from West Bengal, where it had negligible presence in the past. The loser was, principally, Banerjee’s TMC, which conceded several seats it had won last time to the BJP in this polls. 

BJP state chief Mukul Roy, a former confidant of the chief minister who had quit to join the BJP some time ago, stated a week ago that over 1oo TMC, Congress and CPIM MLAs have approached him for defection to the saffron party. What he meant was that the Banerjee-led ministry is set to fall sooner than later. Banerjee herself is a poor shadow of her former self after the LS polls. 

Banerjee’s aim, as speculations went, was to outwit Rahul Gandhi and the Congress in the event of the BJP failing to get a majority in the Lok Sabha, and then stake claim for PM post with help from otherwise warring regional satraps like N Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh, K Chandrashekar Rao of Telangana, Uddhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena, Sharad Pawar of NCP, and Akhilesh Yadav from Uttar Pradesh. — IHN-NN

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