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Two BJP MLAs meet Mamata Banerjee, spark speculations of ‘homecoming’

With turncoats from Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) boosting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forward of the meeting election in April-May, two legislators from the saffron camp met chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday afternoon, sparking speculations of their return to the social gathering.

The MLAs, Sunil Singh from Noapara and Biswajit Das from Bongaon North in North 24 Parganas district, have been welcomed into the BJP on the social gathering’s headquarters in Delhi in June 2019, a month after the BJP set a file by successful 18 of Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats.

Singh and Das met Banerjee at her chamber within the state meeting the place she had gone to attend the continuing finances session. Das was even seen touching Banerjee’s toes to hunt her blessings.

Urban improvement minister Firhad Hakim and meals and provides minister Jyoti Priyo Mullick have been current on the 20-minute closed-door meeting.

Mullick’s presence drew consideration as he’s additionally the president of the TMC’s North 24 Pargans district unit and earlier succeeded in bringing again many deserters.

Significantly, Singh is the brother-in-law of Arjun Singh, the BJP’s heavyweight Lok Sabha from Barrackpore, who left the TMC previous to the Lok Sabha polls and wrested the seat by defeating the ruling social gathering’s then sitting MP Dinesh Trivedi.

Sunil Singh didn’t touch upon the meeting and left the meeting after flashing a victory signal.

“How can I comment on why he met the chief minister? I can say something if he returns to the TMC. The party will take appropriate action if something like that happens,” Arjun Singh informed HT.

Das was introduced into the BJP by the social gathering’s then nationwide secretary Mukul Roy whose son Subhranshu, an MLA from the identical district, additionally switched camps. Roy is now the BJP’s nationwide vice-president.

Das claimed that he met Banerjee to debate some pending improvement initiatives in his constituency. “I met her because she is the leader of the ruling party,” mentioned Das.

Mukul Roy tried to keep away from the problem. “Das touched Banerjee’s feet out of respect. After all, she is a senior leader,” he mentioned.

The ministers current on the meeting didn’t touch upon what transpired. “Wait and watch,” a senior TMC chief from North 24 Parganas mentioned on situation of anonymity.

Though the TMC earlier accused the BJP of engineering defections, the ruling social gathering took a powerful stand after former minister Suvendu Adhikari joined the BJP on December 19 together with six sitting MLAs of the TMC, three MLAs from the Left and Congress, a TMC Lok Sabha member and not less than 20 district leaders and former legislators.

Calling them “gaddar” (traitors), the chief minister mentioned at a number of election rallies after the mass defection that the TMC was going by a cleaning course of with “rotten elements” becoming a member of the saffron camp.

Banerjee and senior TMC leaders intensified the rhetoric after former forest minister Rajib Banerjee joined the BJP in Delhi on January 31 together with two sitting MLAs, the outgoing mayor of Howrah city and a former legislator.

Targeting the TMC, Rajib Banerjee mentioned on Monday that the ruling social gathering will not be getting candidates for the approaching polls and making gives to folks at random.

“You (journalists) may get offers too,” Banerjee quipped.

Last week, the TMC inducted Srijan Roy, a brother-in-law of Mukul Roy and who joined the BJP in 2019.

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