Major setback to Mamata Banerjee, 3 MLAs along with 60 councillors join BJP


A major setback to Mamata Banerjee, two MLAs of TMC along with 60 councillors from three civic bodies in West Bengal have joined Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Tuesday. Apart from TMC, one MLA from CPM has also joined the saffron party.

MLAs Subhranshu Roy from Bijpur, Sunil Singh from Noapara and Barrackpore’s Shilbhadra Dutta reached Delhi on Monday as more than 30 Trinamool Congress councillors from Halisahar, Kanchrapara and Naihati municipalities also flocked to the Capital. All the assembly constituencies are in North 24 Parganas district adjoining Kolkata.

Subhranshu Roy was expelled from TMC just before Lok Sabha elections. He is the son of Mukul Roy, the convenor of the BJP’s election management cell in West Bengal and Singh is the brother-in-law of Arjun Singh — the newly elected BJP Lok Sabha MP from Barrackpore. Dutta was known as a close confidante of Mukul Roy.

“The manner in which he was expelled from the party just a day after Lok Sabha polls proves that there is no democracy in the Trinamool. So, we have come to Delhi to express our solidarity and join the BJP,” said Halisahar Municipality chairperson Anshuman Roy to Hindustan Times.