The BJP has found itself in more trouble in Bengal in the aftermath of an electoral setback that saw Mamata Banerjee winning a historic third term as chief minister. The latest worry, and quite a big one, for the BJP has been caused by none other than Mukul Roy, who helped the saffron party make significant inroads in Bengal.
Roy, whose son Shubranshu is already rumoured to join the Trinamool, on Wednesday skipped a key party meeting in Kolkata. The development comes close on the heels of the Trinamool’s claim that as many as 35 BJP MLAs were keen to leave the saffron party.
Last week, Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee had visited a Kolkata hospital to inquire about Mukul Roy’s ailing wife. Abhishek Banerjee, who was recently promoted to a key role within the Trinamool Congress, meeting Mukul Roy had given credence to speculations that all was not well between Mukul Roy and the BJP.
Suvendu Adhikari, another close aide of Mamata Banerjee to join the BJP, met Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda in Delhi on Wednesday. Adhikari had defeated Banerjee from the Nandigram seat in this year’s assembly polls.
As reported by Janta Ka Reporter earlier, scores of BJP MLAs and other BJP leaders, who left the Trinamool to join the saffron party before the assembly polls, were not keen to return to their old party.
Another Trinamool defector to BJP, Rajib Banerjee, on Tuesday took to Facebook to warn his own party to desist from harassing the Mamata Banerjee government after losing the polls. He wrote in Bengali that constantly harassing the government led by Banerjee with a threat to impose Article 356 in the state would not go down with the people of Bengal.
Banerjee was among those leaders who Amit Shah had sent a private jet to Kolkata in January this year so that they could join the Hindutva party ahead of the key assembly polls.
Despite launching a high-octane campaign and engineering large-scale defections from the Trinamool, the BJP failed to stop Mamata Banerjee’s historic win. The Trinamool won more than 200 seats in the 294-seat assembly.