One of the obvious challenges confronted by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee within the many months main as much as the legislative polls held in March-April this yr was the large exodus of her get together’s leaders to the BJP. This fixed stream bolstered discuss of the outfit’s impending collapse.
That mirage, nevertheless, rapidly vanished on outcomes day, Could 2. The Trinamool Congress romped residence with 213 of the 292 meeting seats — the BJP bagged 77.
And now, a reverse migration is within the offing. A rising variety of former Trinamool leaders within the BJP now appears to be looking for re-entry into Ms Banerjee’s secure.
Former MLA Sonali Guha, as an illustration, now seems like “fish out of water” after having left the Trinamool in March this yr. Footballer-turned-politician Dipendu Biswas wrote to Ms Banerjee at this time saying he desires to “take the TMC flag once more”. Different such names embody Sarala Murmu and Amal Acharya, in accordance with a PTI report.
There may be even buzz of Rajib Banerjee, a minister in Ms Banerjee’s authorities until weeks earlier than the polls, contemplating a return.
“Not solely leaders, seven-to-eight profitable MLAs and 3-Four sitting MPs of the BJP have expressed their want to be a part of the Trinamool Congress,” Trinamool spokesperson Kunal Ghosh instructed The Press Reporter. He refused to remark any additional saying the get together management has not but taken a call on this.
“However we have now to honour the emotions of get together cadres, too. These leaders left the get together simply earlier than elections and the employees and leaders managed to win the election below the management of Mamata Banerjee,” Mr Ghosh stated.
The most important title doing the rounds amongst these trying to hint their path again to the TMC is that of Mukul Roy. One of many earliest Trinamool leaders to have deserted Ms Banerjee, his son has now made a Fb publish perceived to be crucial of the BJP. The senior chief himself has not stated a phrase on the matter, although.
The BJP has, nevertheless, dismissed experiences of such a transfer on Mr Roy’s half.
“There was a notion that the BJP is coming to energy and the Trinamool will lose energy. Lots of people joined our get together crying and now they’re leaving laughing. Individuals are watching this. Folks can see why they got here to us and why they’re leaving,” stated West Bengal BJP chief Shamik Bhattacharya.
Whereas just a few leaders have overtly expressed such a need until now, most large names have remained silent.