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 Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislator from Noapara, left the BJP embarrassed after she turned down the candidature and said she was still with the TMC. “I am a loyal soldier of Mamata Banerjee. I am still with the TMC and have full faith in Mamata Banerjee,” Basu told the media.
However, BJP 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 BJP.