Election Results Fallout: West Bengal MLAs, Several Councillors Join BJP
Three Members of Legislative Assembly from West Bengal, including the Trinamool Congress leader Subhrangshu Roy, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday as it works to consolidate its position in the state after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Subhrangshu Roy is the son of BJP leader Mukul Roy. He was suspended by the TMC for his “anti-party” activities after the Lok Sabha election results were announced.
The two other West Bengal MLAs—TMC's Tusharkanti Bhattacharya and the Left’s Debendra Nath Roy—and several councillors joined the BJP at the party's headquarters in New Delhi in the presence of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya and Mukul Roy.
Mukul Roy is seen as instrumental in engineering the defection of TMC leaders to the BJP and, political watchers believe, he is one of the key architects of the party's best ever show in West Bengal.
The Trinamool Congress, led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, is in power in the state since 2011.
The TMC won 22 seats in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha elections, down from 34 seats in the 2014 general elections. The BJP’s improved its tally to 18 from two in 2014.