After giving a major blow to state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury, 10 members of Murshidabad Zilla Parishad from Congress and Left Front joined Trinamool Congress on Friday. Suvendu Adhikari said: “The day is not too far when Trinamool Congress will form its board in both Murshidabad and Malda zilla parishads”.
Eight members of Congress, one each of CPI(M) and Forward Bloc joined Trinamool Congress on Friday. Adhikari, the senior Trinamool Congress leader and party’s observer of Malda and Murshidabad districts, handed them over the party’s flags in Trinamool Bhavan on Friday afternoon.
With the joining of the eight members, strength of Trinamool Congress in the zila parishad went up to 29. Thus, the party needs support of only six more members to reach to the magic figure to form the board in the zila parishad of 70 seats.
Adhikari said: “We had said earlier and saying the same again that the days are not too far when Trinamool Congress will form its board in both Malda and Murshidabad zila parishads. To elect sabhadipati and saha-sabhadipati of Murshidabad we just need support of 6 more members and it is going to happen soon. We are quite confident about it.”
He said that the members joined Trinamool Congress mainly for two reasons. First of all they joined the party to bring development in their respective areas. Secondly, protesting against the unofficial alliance between Congress and Left Front.
“Their party had made them dream big saying that the alliance will come to power and Congress will run the government for two years and six months and Left Front will run for the rest of the time.
Their dreams were shattered after the results of Assembly election was out. The vote percentage in favour of Trinamool Congress in Murshidbad had gone up to 32 per cent in the Assembly elections from that of 18 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. So it is quite natural that people’s mandate will also get reflected in the decision of the people’s representatives,” said Adhikari.
Moreover, they had witnessed the development work that took place in the adjacent Birbhum and Nadia districts. But Left Front and Congress leaders had failed to bring such a development in Murshidabad and Malda. So they have decided to join Trinamool Congress. “They joined Trinamool Congress following all legal aspects. The Constitution that gives us the right to form a party, also allows a leader to quit a political party,” he said adding that the process of getting Malda zilla parishad has started with the joining of Dipali Biswas.