Kolkata: In another blow to the Trinamool, its MLA Monirul Islam today joined the BJP, the third legislator to abandon the ruling party in West Bengal after its reverses in the Lok Sabha election.
Two Trinamool legislators and over 50 councillors had joined the BJP on Tuesday.
The BJP projected the decision of Trinamool’s Muslim MLA to join the party as a vindication of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwash” (together with all, development for all, the trust of all).
Modi gave the slogan in his first address to MP’s of BJP-led NDA after the Lok Sabha poll results were declared. He had asked them to win over the trust of minorities with their work.
Several other Trinamool workers also joined the saffron party here in the presence of BJP leaders Mukul Roy and Kailash Vijaywargiya.
at least five other MLAs are also likely to join the BJP soon.
On Tuesday, Trinamool MLAs, Subhranshu Roy and Tusharkanti Bhattacharjee, and over 50 councillors had joined the BJP at the party headquarters in New Delhi. According to BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya who is in charge of the party’s Bengal affairs, Trinamool politicians will join the saffron party in seven phases.
“Just like the seven-phase Lok Sabha election, we will have the joining of leaders from the Trinamool to the BJP in seven phases. Today was just the first phase,” said Vijayvargiya, adding, “This is the end of Mamata’s tyranny. Our best wishes with her that she stays till 2021, but if her people keep leaving her, then I can’t help her.”
Senior Trinamool leader and Bengal minister Firhad Hakim reacted to the development, saying that party MLAs are joining BJP like rats abandoning a ship sensing danger. “If some of the leaders join the BJP just because it has won a few seats, they are nothing, but rats who abandon a ship sensing danger. It is good that they have left our party,” he said.