In yet another setback for Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC), its MLA from Alipurduar district’s Kalchini constituency Wilson Champramary is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday, according to sources. The sources also said that besides Champramary, 15 councillors from the ruling TMC will also switch their loyalty to the saffron party.
Speaking about the decision, Champramary said that despite being a ruling party MLA, he failed to bring the development in his constituency and leaders sitting in Kolkata had been deciding the work to be done in Kalchini.
“I am an MLA and yet, I could not bring about development in my constituency independently. Every work that has to be taken up in Kalchini is being planned by Trinamul leaders in Calcutta. I had told the party and ministers to draw up plans for the socio-economic development of people belonging to communities like Mech, Rava and Bodo. But nothing has been done so far. I am upset and so decided to join the BJP,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
As many as 15 other elected members of Trinamool at the zilla parishad and two civic bodies Gangarampur and Buniadpur are also camping in Delhi to join the saffron party. Following BJP’s Lok Sabha elections victory in West Bengal, several leaders from Mamata Banerjee’s party are defecting to the saffron party.