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Hosts of Amit Shah join TMC days after his Naxalbari visit in West Bengal

BJP, however, accused Mamata Banerjee's party of 'kidnapping' the family

Press Trust of India  |  Naxalbari 

Amit Shah
BJP National President Amit Shah having lunch at a farmer's house during his Booth Sampark programme in Naxalbari, West Bengal. (Photo: PTI)

In an embarrassment to the in West Bengal, the tribal family of who had hosted president during his visit to north Bengal last week, today joined the Congress.

Raju Mahali and Geeta Mahali, who had hosted on April 25 during his visit to the area, today joined the TMC in the presence of senior TMC leader and tourism minister Gautam Deb.

"I was inspired by the developmental work of and that is why we have joined the TMC. Nobody has forced us to join the party," Geeta Mahali later said.

A stung BJP, however, accused the TMC of 'kidnapping' the family and forcing them to join the party, but Deb said they had been inspired by the life and struggle of and so joined the party.

president Dilip Ghosh said, "We had reports that they were being threatened by TMC goons. They had been missing for the last two days. We also filed an FIR after they they had gone missing. They were kidnapped by the TMC and forced to join the party. We condemn such act."

During his north Bengal trip, Shah had eaten his lunch sitting on the floor of Raju Mahali's modest house at Dakkhin Katiajote village in the area. BJP's unit president Dilip Ghosh also also had lunch there.

First Published: Wed, May 03 2017. 18:39 IST