Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee will now be sitting on a dharna following the exodus of her party leaders to BJP.
A few hours back, the chief minister of West Bengal announced on Twitter that she will not be attending PM Modi's oath-taking ceremony on May 30, instead now reports have emerged that she will be sitting on a dharna on Thursday at 1 PM in Naihati in a bid to ensure that the Trinamool supporters who deserted her to join the saffron party would return back to the party.
Trinamool leaders will be sitting in front of the Naihati Municipality on Thursday.
However, a day after three West Bengal MLAs and around 50 councilors amongst defected Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool, the party claimed on Wednesday morning that only six of those who jumped ship were from their party. It also alleged that they were forced to do so at gunpoint.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday morning, the official handle of the Mamata Banerjee-led party claimed that one among the defectors was a suspended Trinamool MLA while all others were from Congress and CPI(M). The party called it a 'fact-check' a day after one of the Trinamool leader had called them 'rats who abandon a ship sensing danger'.
Three West Bengal MLAs, including BJP leader Mukul Roy's son Subhrangshu Roy, and over 50 municipal councilors, most of them from the Trinamool Congress, joined the BJP on Tuesday. TMC's Tusharkanti Bhattacharya and CPI(M)'s Debendra Nath Roy were other MLAs from the state who joined the saffron party, BJP leader Anil Baluni had informed on Tuesday. Subhrangshu Roy was suspended by the TMC for his "anti-party" activities after the Lok Sabha election results were announced.
Whereas, her decision to skip the swearing-in ceremony came after she accused the BJP of falsely claiming that 54 people were murdered in West Bengal in poll violence, in retaliation to which she absolutely dissed any murders pertaining to poll violence, calling it fiction.
Along with BIMSTEC countries and a host of celebrities and politicians, PM has specifically invited the families of 54 BJP workers who were killed in poll-violence in West Bengal over the past few years. The BJP has claimed to have lost many workers in the panchayat, local body and Parliamentary elections in West Bengal.
During the campaign in the state in which a war-of-words of some sort or the other had broken out almost each day, PM Modi had on April 29 sensationally said during a poll rally in Serampore that around 40 Trinamool MLAs were in touch with the BJP and they were waiting for the election results to make their next move.
The saffron party made in-roads in West Bengal after increasing their seat count of 2 in Lok Sabha 2014 elections to 18 in 2019 in the state of 42 seats. BJP almost equaled the Trinamool's vote-share after a dramatic and combative campaign, winning 40.3% votes in comparison to Trinamool's 43.3%.