Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice-president Mukul Roy’s return to the Trinamool Congress on Friday stoked hypothesis that a number of leaders who switched sides forward of the meeting polls had been on their approach again to Bengal’s ruling celebration.

Some turncoats corresponding to former meeting deputy speaker Sonali Guha, former legislator Dipendu Biswas and chief Sarala Murmu have brazenly mentioned that they wish to return. Some others, like former forest minister Rajib Banerjee, have criticised BJP.

“Just like a fish cannot survive out of water, I cannot survive without Mamata Banerjee. I am severing all ties with the BJP and would join the TMC whenever Didi calls me,” Guha informed reporters.

But on Friday, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee made it clear that the celebration was not going to simply accept all turncoats.

“Those who had betrayed the party ahead of the elections to strengthen the BJP had bitterly attacked the TMC party during campaigns will not be taken back. Mukul never attacked the TMC. There are, however, some leaders who may have gone with Mukul and may want to come back. The party will take a decision on this,” mentioned Banerjee.

At least 34 TMC legislators and former lawmakers joined the BJP within the final two years. Around 19 of them got meeting tickets however solely 5 gained.

Earlier this week, BJP chief Rajib Banerjee warned that “people will not take kindly to threats of President’s Rule” in opposition to an elected authorities, referring to statements by Adhikari that post-poll violence necessitated imposition of central rule. Rajib additionally skipped a gathering of the state BJP on post-poll violence. Prabir Ghosal, former MLA of Uttarpara in Hooghly who joined the BJP with Rajib Banerjee, additionally expressed his “unhappiness”.

Senior TMC leaders mentioned a number of BJP leaders, together with sitting legislators, are in contact with the celebration. “Let us see how many people are coming back,” mentioned Roy.

BJP dismissed the hypothesis. “We don’t know who these people are [who are willing to leave BJP and return to TMC]We are the largest party in the world and there is a democracy in the party. We are not a family-centric party. We have some ideologies which run the party. If someone feels that he is feeling breathless and would be able to serve the people by moving to another party, then BJP respects it,” mentioned Jay Prakash Majumdar, BJP’s vice chairman in West Bengal.


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