New Delhi: Six Trinamool Congress legislators are likely to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on June 1, sources told media on Tuesday.
The news comes hours after two party MLAs, Subhrangshu Roy and Tusharkanti Bhattacharya, joined the saffron party along with over 50 councillors elected on TMC ticket. A CPM MLA also joined the BJP.
Subhrangshu Roy was suspended by the TMC for his “anti-party” activities after the general election results were announced.
The rebel leaders joined the BJP at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi in the presence of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya and Mukul Roy.
BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya on Tuesday told media that TMC leaders will defect to his party in seven phases.
“Just like the seven-phase Lok Sabha election, we will have joining of leaders from the TMC to the BJP in seven phases. Today was just the first phase,” said Vijayvargiya.
He further said, “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.”
Mukul Roy dismissed the allegation that the BJP was indulging in horse-trading to destablise the Mamata Banerjee government of Bengal. He said, “Horse trading is being done by the TMC. After the panchayat polls, she tried to buy over or threaten our people into jumping ship.”
He also claimed that many “will stay in the TMC and vote for the BJP” before adding, “In next assembly elections, the TMC won’t get Opposition party status in the Bengal assembly.”
In the Lok Sabha polls, the TMC fell to 22 seats from 34, while the BJP’s tally zoomed to 18 from two.