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TMC says party MP who joined BJP already 'expelled'

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The Trinamool Wednesday sought to downplay the crossing over of its to the BJP ahead of the polls, saying it has already expelled from the party.

A jubilant state BJP, while reacting to the development, said the beginning of the TMC's end has started in

"He was not in touch with the party for a long time. He was not working in his area properly. He was well aware that he would not be given ticket this year. We decided to expel him from the party this morning. The expulsion letter has been sent to him," a said.

The leadership has also asked its parliamentary party to initiate action against Khan so that he is disqualified as a Trinamool MP, said.

Khan, who represents Bishnupur seat in district in the Lok Sabha, Wednesday joined the BJP in New Delhi, giving a fillip to the saffron party's campaign in in the run-up to the polls.

Mukul Roy, who is believed to have played a key role in bringing Khan to the BJP fold, told PTI, "It is just the beginning. There are many others in queue. Just wait and watch."

With Khan joining the BJP, TMC tally in Lok Sabha is down to 33 out of a total 42 seats in the state.

Khan, who was earlier with the Congress, had joined the TMC in 2013 just months ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The then TMC had played a key role in inducting him to it. Roy joined the BJP in 2017.

For the last few weeks, Khan had been openly criticising TMC leadership in the state.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 17:05 IST