Bengali superstar and former TMC Member of Parliament Mithun Chakraborty joins the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Prime Minister Modi’s mega Kolkata rally on 7 March.
Speculation was rife over Mithun Chakraborty’s growing closeness to RSS and BJP with his recent meetings with Mohan Bhagwat and Kailash Vijayvargiya.
Speaking to media ahead of Modi’s rally at the Brigade Parade grounds in Kolkata, Kailash Vijayvargiya said that Mithun Chakraborty will be present at the event that is scheduled to start at 1 PM.
On being asked if Mithun Chakraborty will join BJP in the presence of Modi, Vijayvargiya said “He will be present here at the rally. We’ll see if he wishes to join us, we will hand him the BJP flag then and there.”
Vijayvargiya further said that in his meeting with Mithun Chakraborty, the yesteryear Bengali superstar assured him that he will extend his support to Modi for the Bengal election campaign.
Once considered close to the CPI(M), Mithun Chakraborty was Rajya Sabha MP for the TMC for a few years, before resigning and expressing his desire to quit politics.
Mithun quit the Rajya Sabha after two years in office as he got embroiled in the Saradha Chit Fund case. The actor was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate about the Rs 1.2 crore he had received for being the brand ambassador of a TV news channel financed by the group. He returned the amount to the probe agency and resigned from the Upper House citing ill-health.
West Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Indian National Congress (INC)-Left alliance and the BJP in the fray.
Besides, some more important Bengali faces are set to join the BJP in the coming weeks, sources said. The state election will be held across eight phases from 27 March to 29 April, the results of which will be declared on 2 May.