Bolpur: BJP on 27 June inducted into the party a cousin brother of Trinamool Birbhum district president and muscleman politician Anubrata Mondal. Sumit Mondal, the cousin, was handed over saffron flag by BJP Birbhum district president Ramakrishna Roy in a public event held at Bolpur Railway Ground.
Sumit happens to be the son of an uncle of the Trinamool Birbhum chief. Along with him, about 1,000 Trinamool and CPI-M cadres from different parts of Bolpur also joined the saffron camp today.
Asked about the change in political allegiance, Sumit said that it is his prerogative to back the BJP as his elder cousin’s prerogative is to back the Trinamool. This will no way jeopardise the ties between his and Anubrata’s families, he maintained.
BJP could not win any of the two Lok Sabha seats in Birbhum in the recent election but the saffron party has made inroads in several Assembly segments in the district. Ever since the poll results, Birbhum has been witnessing Trinamool-BJP clashes and defection from Trinamool to BJP. Trinamool’s murder accused MLA, Manirul Islam, switched over to BJP last month.