TMC MP and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari's father Sisir Adhikari
TMC MP and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari's father Sisir Adhikari

Egra: Disgruntled TMC MP and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari's father Sisir Adhikari on Sunday attended Home Minister Amit Shah's rally at Egra in Purba Medinipur and announced from stage that the "family is with you".

"Save Bengal from atrocities, we are with you, our family is with you. Jai Siya Ram, Jai Bharat," Adhikari said.

He had announced on Saturday that he will follow into the footsteps of his two sons Suvendu and Soumendu to join the BJP.

The patriarch of the Adhikari family -- which wields considerable influence in Bengal's Purba Medinipur district -- said that he was forced to switch camp, as the leaders of the ruling party left him with no other option.

Earlier, too, the TMC MP had accused the ruling party of "humiliating" him and son Suvendu, who is locked in a fierce battle with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the district's Nandigram constituency.

"They (TMC leaders) forced me to join the BJP. Let them (TMC) do what they want, and I will do what I can," Adhikari said.

Sources in the BJP said his other son Dibyendu, a TMC MP from Tamluk, may also follow suit.

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