Three BJP leaders, who withdrew their nominations from polls to the Garulia Municipality of West Bengal, returned to the Trinamool Congress on Sunday, lamenting the way the saffron party was functioning. On February 27, polls will be held among 108 municipalities, including Garulia.
The three leaders – former MLA Sunil Singh, his son Aditya and ex-Garulia Municipality Chairman Saurabh Singh – withdrew their nominations on Saturday.
The trio, relatives of BJP’s Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh, rejoined the TMC at the Titagarh party office in the presence of West Bengal Minister Jyotipriyo Mallick and Naihati MLA Partha Bhowmik.
They were handled by the saffron lot of department numbers 12, 17 and 18 of the Municipality of Garulia. “We are not satisfied with the way BJP’s North 24 Parganas unit is functioning. While the party’s organizational base in the district is rapidly shrinking, the number of self-appointed leaders has increased. We don’t want to be associated with such a party,” Saurabh Singh told reporters.
“It was a mistake on our part to have left the TMC to join the BJP,” added Sunil Singh.
However, BJP’s Arjun Singh, who left the ruling party in 2019, regretted their move, calling them “traitors”.
“They betrayed our party, with tempting offers from the TMC. They had all literally begged for municipal ballots from the BJP… and now they were stabbing the party in the back.
“I have failed as brother and uncle… They are no longer my family. Those in the BJP are my relatives,” the parliamentarian said.
Meanwhile, 200 BJP members of the youth wing joined the TMC in the Kharagpur area of Paschim Medinipur district earlier in the day, claiming they were not getting the necessary recognition despite slaving hard in support of the saffron party candidates in the recent elections.
BJP’s national vice president and former head of its state unit, Dilip Ghosh, who was in Kharagpur campaigning for the municipal elections, said the Mamata Banerjee-led party was pressuring youth wing supporters to switch sides. . “The TMC used the police to make false charges against BJP workers at the lowest level in Kharagpur. This is their nefarious plan to weaken our party in the area,” Ghosh said.
Commenting on the developments, TMC spokesman Kunal Ghosh said several BJP leaders and workers in North 24 Parganas and elsewhere in the state have sent “feelers” to the ruling party to be associated with it.
“But the TMC uses its own discretion when introducing people from the BJP.” he added.
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