5 former Trinamool Congress leaders met Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Saturday after being flown in to affix the BJP within the newest spherical of defections from West Bengal’s ruling social gathering forward of the state elections due in April-Could.
Mr Shah was to spend the weekend in Kolkata and take part in a rally at Howrah tomorrow the place the 5 former Trinamool leaders had been supposed to affix his social gathering. He needed to, nevertheless, cancel his go to and draw up this different plan.
“Mr Amit Shah referred to as me up and mentioned he wish to handover the flag to me himself, so he’s sending down a chartered airplane to fly me to the capital,” mentioned Rajib Banerjee, former Forest Minister of West Bengal, who resigned from Trinamool yesterday.
Others who left Kolkata by the 4 pm flight are Trinamool MLA from Bali, Baishali Dalmiya, Uttarpara MLA Prabir Ghoshal, Howrah mayor Rathin Chakraborty, and former MLA and five-term civic chief of Ranaghat Partha Sarathi Chatterjee.
Sunday’s mega BJP rally at Dumurjola in Howrah will happen as scheduled, although Mr Shah is more likely to be part of solely nearly. Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani will likely be there, together with different state leaders and the brand new entrants.
The Trinamool, which held a ballot technique assembly on Friday, has taken a choice to not concentrate on the exits however on campaigning as an alternative. The order from the highest: Don’t abuse and dangerous mouth these quitting the social gathering because the influence of that on the voter is damaging.