New Delhi, Aug 14: Intensifying the battle further with Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, the BJP on Wednesday enrolled former Kolkata mayor and Trinamool Congress leader Sovan Chatterjee and his associate Baishakhi Banerjee as members of the party.
Both Mr Chatterjee and Ms Baishakhi Banerjee joined BJP at the party headquarters here in presence of senior party leaders Arun Singh and Mukul Roy. Welcoming both into the party fold, Mr Mukul Roy, also a former confidant of Mamata Banerjee, said, "Chatterjee's joining the BJP will give a major boost to the saffron party in the city and BJP will not only win Kolkata municipal polls but it will also win the 2021 assembly polls".
"Our victory will be so emphatic that the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress will fail to get even recognition as an opposition party in the state assembly," Mr Roy said. Mr Sovan Chatterjee, known for organisational skills, was sacked as a minister in West Bengal and also as Kolkata mayor by state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in November last year.
Ms Baishakhi Banerjee resigned as a teacher in Kolkata's Milli Al Amin College earlier this month and alleged that she as doing so following 'harassment' by a section of Trinamool Congress-backed government teachers. The BJP had put up unprecedented show in the recent Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal winning as many as 18 seats out of 42 and has virtually emerged as a chief opponent to the state's ruling party.
Two other opposition parties-- the CPI(M)-led Left Front and Congress party-- have been marginalised in the state. Some Trinamool MLAs and one each legislator from CPI(M) and Congress also lately joined the saffron party. Elections are due in West Bengal in 2021. (UNI)