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Trinamool MP joins BJP, party expels him and another Lok Sabha member (Round-up)

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In a setback to Chief Minister and a major boost to the BJP, MP on Wednesday crossed over to the saffron party, citing lack of democracy in the state.

The Trinamool hit back by expelling Khan and another member for "anti-party activity", but the claimed that more MPs from would join its fold soon in the eastern state, where it is eyeing a greater share of seats in the coming polls.

Khan, whose induction in the saffron party was announced at a press conference here following his meeting with President Amit Shah, also took potshots at Banerjee's nephew and Trinamool's virtual second-in-command by saying "Bengal is being ruled by a party of aunt and nephew".

Crossing over to the in the presence of and BJP - the latter himself Banerjee's one-time right hand man - Khan accused Trinamool of "snatching people's voting rights".

"There is no democracy in Bengal. Election is going on in the entire country, but not a single bomb has exploded anywhere (outside Bengal). They (Trinamool) are snatching people's voting rights and doling out the funds received from the central government. cannot be run in this way," the 38 year old claimed.

"I joined BJP today because it is working for everyone's development under the leadership of The way is leading the party, I am hopeful that a new sun will arise in Bengal soon," he said.

Roy said this was just the beginning of the exodus from Trinamool. "This was just the trailer. The picture will follow now. More such MPs and other leaders will join the BJP before the polls," said Roy, who was earlier instrumental in roping in Khan to the Trinamool.

Khan, who won the Kotulpur seat in district on a ticket in 2011, switched allegiance to Trinamool in late 2013. The next year he contested and won from Bishnupur seat on a Trinamool ticket.

While Khan challenged to contest against him, the latter dared the BJP to field him as a candidate in the coming polls and ensure his victory.

"Khan had won in 2011 and 2014 elections by the grace of He is a big mouth. We will ensure he wouldn't enter a single polling booth in future," he added.

general alleged that "Khan got involved in several controversies in the last one year".

On the other expelled MP Anupam Hazra, who represents the Bolpur constituency in district, Chatterjee said: "He is involved in more heinous activities. He has made a number of controversial statements on the and done certain things which are not in line with party's culture".

Countering Chatterjee, Hazra claimed that his name never featured in either the Saradha ponzy scam or the Narada sting operation, where a number of fellow party leaders were allegedly involved and questioned the party's definition of anti-party activities.

"The only objection against me was that I was very active on but I deleted my account a year back because of party's objection. So I want to know what he meant by anti-party activities," he added.

After Wednesday's developments, Trinamool's strength in the Lok Sabha has come down to 32 from 34.

The BJP has been focussing on the eastern states, particularly Bengal, in its bid to retain power in the coming has set the party a target of winning 22 seats from Bengal.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 23:16 IST