In a big blow to Mamata Banerjee, two of her West Bengal MLAs and at least 50 TMC councillors on Tuesday defected to the BJP just days after the saffronparty made significant inroads in the state. A CPM MLA has also jumped ship to the BJP.
BJP leader Mukul Roy’s son Subhrangshu, who was suspended by the Trinamool for six years for “demeaning the party”, Trinamool MLA Tusharkanti Bhattacharya and CPM legislator Debendra Nath Roy are among those who have joined the saffron party.
They joined the BJP at the party’s headquarters in the national capital in the presence of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya and Mukul Roy.
Mukul Roy is seen to be instrumental in engineering the defection of TMC leaders to the BJP. Political watchers believe that Roy is one of the key architects of the party’s best ever show in West Bengal, where TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is in power since 2011.
BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya had earlier announced that three MLAs and 50-60 councillors will join the BJP today and added that more defections are expected in the future.