In a surprising event, 10 councilors of the Naihati Municipality rejoined their former Trinamool Congress party. West Bengal’s State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim welcomed these councilors back into the party. Chandrima Bhattacharya was also present at the gathering.
Ten out of Eighteen Trinamool Congress councilors in Naihati Municipality had joined the Bhartiya Janta Party in May this year. Firhad Hakim expressed his confidence in his men by saying that those who follow principles of Mamata Banerjee and fight communalism will never go to the saffron party.
He said that the councilors were taken away after being terrorized by the ruling party. He also mentioned that those who leave the party to join BJP go out of fear. There have been allegations on the BJP government to use Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax departments for settling a political vendetta. He urged his party workers not to fear from these agencies as they do not have much money.
Hakim alleged that one of TMC leader, Umesh Singh, was attacked by a BJP councilor Ganesh Das earlier. He also accused that these leaders were made to join the saffron party at gunpoint.
Speaking to the media, he expressed his happiness over the rejoining of councilors. He said that the followers of Mamata Banerjee’s principles do not adjust well to other party’s environment because of different culture and idealism.
With the joining of 10 councilors, Trinamool Congress is positive that other remaining eight TMC councilors who were still with the BJP would also come back to TMC. Now, the strength of the Trinamool Congress has risen to 23 in the 31-member municipality. Previously, there were a total of 31 Trinamool Congress councilors in the municipality.
This event is contrary to the ongoing process of national politics where heavy numbers of leaders are leaving their parties to join BJP. Recently, 60 top brass leaders of Telugu Desam Party joined the saffron party in the presence of BJP’s working president Jagat Prakash Nadda.