After BJP makes inroads in West Bengal in Lok Sabha polls, 20 TMC councillors reach Delhi expressing wish to join saffron party

If the women councillors do join BJP, it would deal another blow for TMC, which lost much ground in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha elections.

Asian News International May 28, 2019 15:37:01 IST
After BJP makes inroads in West Bengal in Lok Sabha polls, 20 TMC councillors reach Delhi expressing wish to join saffron party
  • About 20 TMC women councillors said they wanted to join BJP as they were influenced by the deep inroads made by the saffron party in West Bengal

  • 'We are not upset with Mamata ji (Banerjee) but BJP's massive gains in Bengal has influenced us to join the party,' one of the councillors said

  • If the women councillors do join BJP, it would deal another blow for TMC

New Delhi: In a setback to TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, about 20 women councillors of her party arrived on Tuesday saying they wanted to join BJP as they were influenced by the deep inroads made by the saffron party in West Bengal in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections.

After BJP makes inroads in West Bengal in Lok Sabha polls 20 TMC councillors reach Delhi expressing wish to join saffron party

TMC women councillors in Delhi. ANI

"20 councillors are here in Delhi. We are not upset with Mamata ji (Banerjee) but BJP's massive gains in Bengal has influenced us to join the party. People are liking BJP as they are working for them," Ruby Chatterjee, TMC councillor from Garifa, Ward no 6, told ANI.

If the women councillors do join BJP, it would deal another blow for TMC, which lost much ground in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha elections.

The state witnessed a saffron surge as BJP inflicted a massive blow to the ruling TMC by winning 18 of the 42 parliamentary constituencies, in contrast with the figure of 2 seats in the 2014 general elections. The Banerjee-led TMC although retained the state, it won just 22 seats, as against 34 in 2014.

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