Kolkata: West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former minister in the Mamata Banerjee government, Rajib Banerjee, on Sunday rejoined the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) at party’s general secretary Abhishek Banerjee’s public meeting in Tripura. The meeting was attended by another new TMC inductee and in-charge of the party’s affairs in the northeast, Sushmita Dev, and other senior leaders.
Banerjee, who was earlier a minister in Mamata Banerjee government and got inducted in the national executive committee of the saffron camp earlier this month, was re-inducted into the TMC along with Ashish Das, a former BJP leader from Tripura.
Notably, Rajib had contested the West Bengal polls as a BJP candidate from Domjur constituency but lost to a TMC candidate and after facing defeat from his traditional seat he had been singing a different tune.
His return to the TMC only added to the embarrassment of the state BJP unit, which has seen a large number of turncoats including former Union minister Babul Supriyo, Mukul Roy and Sabyasachi Dutta, a two-time mayor of Bidhannagar municipality defecting to TMC in West Bengal after Mamata Banerjee came to power for the third straight term in the state.
Tripura is one of the states where the Mamate Banerjee-led party has set its eyes on as part of its expansion plans to create a platform for a larger national role with the TMC supremo having made her ambitions clear.