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MP joining BJP: Cong, CPI(M) say TMC getting dose of own

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

With a TMC joining the BJP ahead of the polls, the and the CPI(M) Thursday said the party that started the "unethical political culture" of poaching elected representatives is now getting back the dose of its own medicine.

(TMC) from Bishnupur seat in district, Saumitra Khan, Wednesday joined BJP in The party expelled him along with its Bolpur Lok Sabha for anti party activities.

"After coming to power in 2011, the TMC had started this culture of poaching elected representatives of the and Left parties. It was an alien culture in Bengal Now the TMC is getting the dose of it medicine," of the opposition and senior Congress Abdul Mannan said.

Echoing the views of Mannan, the CPI(M) said the "fixed political match" between the TMC and the BJP in Bengal had started taking toll on

More than 16 MLAs of the Congress and six of the Left parties had switched over to the TMC in the state between 2011 and 2016. Since the 2016 Assembly poll, 12 Congress MLAs and three of the Left joined the ruling party.

"We feel that it's a fixed political match where elected representatives of the TMC are at ease by joining the BJP. The fixed political match has started taking its toll on the TMC in the state," CPI(M) central committee Sujan Chakraborty said.

When Congress and Left MLAs joined the Trinamool, the party had claimed that they are changing side to take part in the developmental process ushered by Mamata Banerjee regime.

But the opposition parties maintained that the TMC was abusing its power to force their MLAs to switchover to the ruling party.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 20:45 IST