Altogether 800 members from various political parties including CPI(M), BJP, KPP, RSP joined the ruling party in the state under the leadership of Trinamool Youth Congress district president Debargha Chowdhury at a programme at Goyerkata area under Dhupguri block. The district secretary of the Trinamool Youth Congress Saikat Chatterjee handed them the party flag.
Among these members, there were some prominent leaders of the Opposition parties. A zilla committee member of SFI and a senior leader of the DYFI’s zonal committee also joined Trinamool Congress. The newly inducted Trinamool Congress members said that they wanted to take part in the development works that have been initiated across the state by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The main purpose of joining the ruling party was to speed up the development works.
A senior Trinamool Congress leader from the district said that people across the party lines were willing to join the Trinamool as they have found that it can only work for the development of the state and also for its people.
This has also strengthened the party’s organisations in the area. It comes as a big blow to the CPI(M), the organisation of which has been eroding ever since the Trinamool Congress has come to power for another term. The Opposition parties, however, cried foul after their workers joined Trinamool Congress. They claimed that the ruling party was forcing their members to join the party with false promises to weaken the organisations.
It may be mentioned that in a recent incident, 10 Zilla Parishad members, seven from Congress, two from CPI(M) and one from RSP joined Trinamool Congress in Murshidabad. Trinamool has taken over the Zilla Parishad with 39 members in the 70-member Zilla Parishad. The members joined Trinamool at a function presided over by the state transport minister Suvendu Adhikari who looks after Murshidabad on behalf of the party. Trinamool Congress had also established control over Malda Zilla Parishad earlier.
Trinamool has already taken over municipalities like Azimganj- Jiaganj, Jangipur and Bendanga denting Congress’s organisation in the district. Trinamool Congress may also take control over Behrampore municipality on September 18 when Congress councillors are expected to join Trinamool at a programme.