Rumpa Ghorai, BJP candidate who won Pujali municipality today joined Trinamool Congress within 48 hours after the results of the municipal polls were announced on Wednesday.
Ghorai was elected from ward number 9. Thus in 16 member municipality, Trinamool has 15 seats and BJP has one seat. Initially, Trinamool had bagged 12 seats, followed by BJP which got two seats and an independent candidate and Congress got 1 seat each. Shortly, after the election results were announced on Wednesday, Congress candidate Nirufa Nazir and Rinku Routh who was elected as an elected candidate joined Trinamool Congress.
With the joining of Ghorai, BJP will become the opposition with one councillor. Thus, out of 64 seats in three municipalities in the plains, namely, Raigunj, Domkal and Pujali where polls were held the opposition Congress and BJP has only two councillors. Congress has a councillor in Raigunj and BJP has the other one in Pujali municipalities. In Domkal, all the 21 seats have been won by Trinamool Congress candidates.
After joining Trinamool Congress Ghorai said she had joined the party because of the development work carried out by the district administration. Trinamool Congress has chalked out an elaborate plan to develop the areas under Pujali municipality. There is enough scope of ecotourism and stress has been given to developing the roads.
BJP had carried out the intense campaign in Pujali and there was an unofficial alliance between BJP, Congress and CPIM. But the people of the area supported the development work and rejected divisive politics of the opposition.
" People have supported the development work carried out by Mamata Banerjee government. People believes that only Trinamool Congress can bring out the total development of the area."
Local BJP leaders alleged that to save herself from the reign of terror unleashed by Trinamool Congress, Ghorai had joined the party.
Pujali was a Congress stronghold but in 2012, the local Congress leaders en block joined Trinamool Congress under the guidance of Mukul Roy.