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Updated on: Saturday, September 04, 2021, 07:10 PM IST

BJP's MLA tally in West Bengal down to 71 after Soumen Roy's 'ghar wapsi'

West Bengal, Sep 04 (ANI): Former BJP MLA from Kaliaganj, Soumen Roy joins TMC in presence of West Bengal Minister and party leader Partha Chatterjee, in Kolkata on Saturday. |  (ANI Photo)

West Bengal, Sep 04 (ANI): Former BJP MLA from Kaliaganj, Soumen Roy joins TMC in presence of West Bengal Minister and party leader Partha Chatterjee, in Kolkata on Saturday. | (ANI Photo)

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Kolkata: ‘Ghar wapsi’ of the BJP MLA to the ruling Trinamool Congress remained unabated as North Bengal’s Kaliyagunj BJP MLA Soumen Roy defected back to the TMC on Saturday.

Addressing the press conference, Soumen said that even though he had defected to BJP earlier, his heart and soul always remained with TMC.

“There is no place to work in BJP for which I am returning to my old party. The way the TMC and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is developing the state I want to be a part of it. Didi had worked for North Bengal,” said Soumen.

Soumen also stated he started his political career from the student wing of the TMC and also that his love for didi is ‘unconditional’.

“BJP culture is not Bengali culture and they are trying to divide West Bengal,” further added Soumen.

Notably, since June 16 Alipurduar BJP MP John Barla citing bad infrastructure had demanded separate statehood for North Bengal. Soon after his demand several North Bengal MLAs and even the state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said that John’s call is ‘legitimate’.

It can be recalled that this week BJP Bishnupur MLA Tanmay Ghosh and Bagda MLA Biswajit Das also joined back TMC making the total number of BJP MLAs to 71.

Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari said that soon he will take action under ‘anti-defection law’.

Meanwhile, after the date of bypoll for the Bhabanipur constituency got announced, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled her North Bengal trip from September 6-9 and will visit after the bypoll.

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Published on: Saturday, September 04, 2021, 07:10 PM IST
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