19 more Kanchrapara councillors rejoin TMC
Kolkata: Nineteen councillors of Kanchrapara Municipality rejoined the Trinamool Congress from BJP, Abhishek Banerjee, the Trinamool Youth Congress president, announced during a press conference on Saturday.
Kanchrapara in North 24-Parganas is believed to be the fiefdom of Mukul Roy and his son Subhrangshu. The latter joined the saffron brigade after the result of the general election was announced on May 23. Nine councillors, including the chairman and vice-chairman of the Kanchrapara Municipality, Sudama Roy and Makhan Sinha rejoined TMC on Saturday. Last week, five councillors had returned to the party as well. Abhishek said taking advantage of the Model Code of Conduct which was still in force after the result of the general election was declared, BJP had unleashed a 'Reign of Terror' in Kanchrapara.
The councillors were threatened with dire consequences. The houses of some of them were attacked and the lives of their spouses and children were at risk. The councillors were taken to Delhi and forced to join the BJP.
After coming back to Bengal, they got in touch with the Trinamool leaders and expressed their willingness to rejoin the party. Without naming Mukul Roy, Abhishek said: "A person who cannot control the councillors of his locality is dreaming to control 107 MLAs of the Trinamool Congress."
He added that the people in the state had kept faith in Mamata Banerjee and that was the reason why the poll percentage of Trinamool Congress had gone up. "It will be repeated in 2021 Assembly elections," he said, adding: "By unleashing a 'Reign of Terror' it is difficult to take control over Bengal."
Meanwhile, three Zilla Parishad members in South Dinajpur rejoined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday. Arpita Ghosh, TMC's South Dinajpur president, said three Zilla Parishad members had joined BJP shortly after the election. Three more will join shortly either before July 21 or immediately after that, she maintained.