Six Tripura MLAs, sacked by TMC for defying party and voting for Ram Nath Kovind, join BJP

Six TMC MLAs from Tripura have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, as per reports in news agency ANI. The report said Sudip Roy Barman, Ashish KR Saha, Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl, Biswa Bandhu Sen, Pranjit Singh Roy and Dilip Sarkar have quit the All India Trinamool Congress party, to join the BJP.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

According to Hindustan Times, the rebel leaders had originally crossed over from Congress in June last year. They were axed by TMC for so-called "anti-party activities", after they voted for NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. As reported on 3 August, they were set to formally join the saffron party on Monday.

The sacked MLAs said their reason for choosing to vote for Kovind was because they didn't want to vote for a candidate supported by the CPM.

TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said that the MLAs' stance didn't reflect the party's official point of view. "The stand taken by six MLAs is in no way the stand of our party. We have extended our support to Congress candidate Meira Kumar. From now on, we will have no relation with these MLAs. They don't belong to our party," he told reporters on 3 July.

The sacked leaders met BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi on 5 August to initiate their entry into the BJP. The move comes ahead of Assembly polls due in the state next year, where the BJP is now slated to be the main opposition party.

According to PTI, the MLAs joined in a public meeting on Monday in the presence of party general secretary Ram Madhab, convener of North East Democratic Alliance and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, state party president Biplab Deb, and party's Tripura observer Sunil Deodhar.

The Hindustan Times report added that a rally will be held at Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhawan in Agartala to unveil the new party leaders.

Updated Date: Aug 07, 2017 18:03 PM

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