Beharampore: Congress received a major blow when Apurba Sarkar, the party’s MLA and chairman of the Kandi Munipality in Murshidabad, joined Trinamool Congress on Thursday afternoon.
State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, who looks after Murshidabad, handed over the party flag to Sarkar and welcomed him to the party. With his joining, the control of Kandi Municipality comes under Trinamool, as the councillors joined the party en bloc.
With Sarkar joining Trinamool, president of state Congress Adhir Chowdhury further loses control over the district.
Trinamool does not have any MP from the district. Over the years, Adhikari has been successful in getting the Zilla Parishad and all the seven municipalities. Shaoni Singha Roy of Congress is also likely to join Trinamool Congress on Friday.