Bankura: In a setback to Trinamool Congress, Lok Sabha MP Saumitra Khan on Wednesday joined BJP. Khan took the membership of the saffron outfit in presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP leader Mukul Roy.
Soumitra represents Bankura’s Bishnupur parliamentary seat and is likely to seek re-election on BJP ticket in the crucial 2019 polls.
However, the Bankura district TMC leadership have kept mum on the issue. No comments were made on the issue. Khan’s move comes a day after he alleged that a section of officers of the district police was hatching a conspiracy against him through social media.
Khan was known to be close to Mukul Roy while he was in Trinamool Congress and he won from Bishnupur Lok Sabha constituency in Bankura district in 2014. According to Trinamool Congress sources, party chief Mamata Banerjee was not happy with his performance as an MP. Khan was asked to improve his performance at one of the core committee meetings by party supremo herself. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Trinamool Congress was not keen to give him a ticket.
However, Trinamool Congress leaders were tight-lipped over the issue.