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TMC MP joins BJP, slams Mamata

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

joined the BJP on Wednesday, giving a fillip to the saffron party's campaign in in the run-up to the polls.

Khan, who joined the following a meeting with Amit Shah, lashed out at Mamata Banerjee, alleging that there was no democracy, but "police raj" in the state.

The 38-year-leader said he, like many other young people, has faith in who, he added, would bring about a change in the state.

"There is no democracy in the state. People cannot vote. Police raj is there," he told reporters at a press conference here. Khan represents the Bishnupur constituency in the and was earlier a member of the state assembly as well.

made the announcement of Khan joining the party in the presence of Mukul Roy, a former top TMC leader who had defected to the BJP in 2017, and other BJP leaders,.

Pradhan claimed that the development marked the changing of the state, saying the BJP's acceptance and credibility was at an an "all time high" in as the had given the region a priority in its agenda of growth and progress.

"There is an atmosphere in the favour of the BJP. will provide a strong pillar for the government's return to power at the Centre in the polls," Pradhan said.

The BJP has identified the state as one of the priority has set a target of 22 seats. It had won two of the state's 42 Lok Sabha seats in 2014, while the TMC won 34.

There have been reports that Khan might have been dropped by the Trinamool from its candidates list in the Lok Sabha polls.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 16:10 IST