Khan, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party following a meeting with party president Amit Shah, lashed out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, alleging that there was no democracy, but "police raj" 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 Lok Sabha and was earlier a member of the state assembly as well.
Pradhan claimed that the development marked the changing politics of the state, saying the BJP's acceptance and credibility was at an an "all time high" in eastern India as the Modi government had given the region a priority in its agenda of growth and progress.
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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