The BJP’s Cooch Behar South legislator Nikhil Ranjan Dey claimed that the top leadership had erred by inducting Trinmool leaders into the BJP.
The BJP’s Cooch Behar South legislator Nikhil Ranjan Dey on Monday, after four BJP MLAs have returned to the TMC in four months, said the top leadership had erred by inducting Trinmool leaders into the BJP before the assembly polls in West Bengal.
Mr Dey claimed that the party would have fared better had they been not taken into the party fold.
Talking to reporters in Cooch Behar town, Mr Dey said: “The BJP top leadership made a mistake by taking those Trinamool leaders into the party fold. They had never been integral with the BJP ideology.”
“These leaders had joined the BJP as they were swayed by the perception that the BJP will take over power in West Bengal. And they were given much importance by our party. Now they are leaving,” he added.
Days after being elected on the BJP ticket, BJP Vice President Mukul Roy had returned to the TMC-fold in May, followed by three other BJP MLAs.
Trinamool Cooch Behar district president Partha Pratim Roy, taking a swipe at Mr Dey, said: “By his logic, leader of the opposition in assembly Suvendu Adhikari is also not integrated to the BJP ideology as he was with the Trinamool one year back. Is Dey raising fingers at Adhikari as well?”
Earlier on Monday, Mukul Roy had claimed that more MLAs are likely to quit the BJP and join the TMC.
“24 MLAs are in touch with me to work under Mamata Banerjee’s leadership. Many more will join TMC. There is a huge line which is ready to join,” said Mukul Roy.
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