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Loyalty matters: BJP's attempt to poach TMC leader for Bengal by-poll fails

'I am a loyal soldier of Mamata Banerjee', said former TMC legislator, after she turned down BJP's offer

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Loyalty matters: BJP's attempt to poach TMC leader for Bengal by-poll fails
Mamata Banerjee: Illustration by Binay Sinha

On Sunday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s central election committee announced the name of Manju Basu as its candidate for the bypoll from the Noapara assembly constituency in West Bengal. Basu, a two time former (TMC) legislator from Noapara, left the embarrassed after she turned down the candidature and said she was still with the “I am a loyal soldier of I am still with the and have full faith in Mamata Banerjee,” Basu told the media.

However, sources claimed Basu had given a missed call to the party’s toll-free number to get a membership. “You can have offers from various political parties. But whether you will accept it or not is a personal decision,” said Basu, known to be a close associate of Mukul Roy, who has now joined

First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 22:18 IST
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