Former Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi joined the BJP today, the latest in a long list of such lapses in the last several months. The 70-year-old syllabus of the West Bengal assembly elections has changed, which is already witnessing the bitter bitterness between the two political parties.
After joining the BJP at the party headquarters in New Delhi in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Mr. Trivedi today said, “This was the golden moment I was looking forward to.”
Mr. Trivedi resigned from his Rajya Sabha and Trinamool membership on 12 February, saying that he felt “suffocated” due to the violence in West Bengal and his inability to do anything about it.
“In Bengal, we talk about icons and their ideals but what we see is the opposite. The Model of Violence and Corruption (TMC) is not for Bengal. This model will take Bengal through the dark days. In the state. There is so much potential. Mr. Trivedi told PTI, we cannot let it go waste.
In recent weeks, many Trinamool members and former members turned to the BJP. Actor Chakraborty, a former Rajya Sabha MP from the party, is expected to share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a Kolkata rally tomorrow. Whether he will join the party or campaign for it is still unclear.
Among those joining the BJP from Trinamool are MPs, State Ministers, MLAs, top and leaders, as well as hoardings of grassroots activists. It includes Trinamool giants like Suvendu Adhikari and Rajib Banerjee.
The state elections will be held in eight phases from 27 March to 29 April, the results of which will be announced on 2 May.