In a major setback to the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC its MP Anupam Hazra to join the BJP on Tuesday, said sources.
The young MP from Bolpur was at one point was very close to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, the sources added.
He had been suspended by the TMC leader for his inclination to move away from the party.
Sources have said that two sitting MLAs will also join BJP. Sources added that those leaving TMC have claimed that due to the anarchy and corruption in the state.
The deflection by Hazra is crucial for the BJP as it is yet to make a mark in one of the biggest states in the Lok Sabha polls.
In 2014, the ruling party in the state, won 34 seats, and despite the massive claims by BJP that they would win a minimum of 23 seats, the situation is projected to remain the same.
AS per the National Approval Ratings for the month of March, Mamata Banerjee's TMC is projected keep its 34 seats intact, and in fact, increase its vote share from 2014 (39.8 to 41.0%).
BJP is projected to win only eight seats with a vote share of 35%, a massive rise in comparison to 2014. However, the Congress-led UPA is projected to lose enormously with not even a single seat win, while a vote share of less than 10% is predicted.
TMC - 34
NDA - 8
UPA - 0
Others - 0
NDA - 35.0
Others - 15.0
TMC - 41.0
January predictions: TMC was projected to win 34 seats, while NDA managed to grab only 7 seats, leaving the last seat the Congress-led UPA in the state.
December predictions: TMC was projected to win 32 seats, while NDA managed to grab only 9 seats, leaving the last seat the Congress-led UPA in the state.