The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) geared up on Friday for Union house minister Amit Shah’s rally in Midnapore on Saturday the place he’s anticipated to induct leaders from the ruling occasion within the ballot-certain state into the saffron camp whilst defections within the ranks emerged as a headache for the Mamata Banerjee regime.
Till Friday evening, efforts had been on to make sure that a minimum of a dozen leaders of significance join the BJP on Saturday, in keeping with occasion insiders conscious of the developments.
“I cannot tell you the exact number because hectic calls are being made and this will continue till the last minute. Many TMC leaders are willing to quit the party but quite a few of them are under pressure from ruling party leaders,” a senior BJP state chief advised HT on situation of anonymity on Friday evening.
Shah’s aircraft was scheduled to land in Kolkata round 11.30pm. He might be staying in a lodge in New Town within the jap outskirts of Kolkata and attend rallies and inside conferences of the occasion in Kolkata, East Midnapore and Birbhum districts on Saturday and Sunday. He will even have lunch with native villagers within the two districts, BJP leaders stated. Shah will return to Delhi on Sunday afternoon.
Security preparations had been beefed up by the Union house ministry and the state police in view of the stone pelting on BJP nationwide president JP Nadda’s convoy on December 10. Shah will fly to the districts by helicopter.
Suvendu Adhikari, former minster from East Midnapore district, is probably the most outstanding title amongst these prone to be part of the BJP on Saturday. Adhikari remained tight-lipped earlier than the media whilst BJP leaders stated Z-class safety was being offered to him by the Centre.
Adhikari drove to Bhubaneswar on Friday and took a flight to Delhi to fulfill Shah. “Suvendu and Shah will arrive in Kolkata on the same flight,” the previous TMC chief’s shut aide Kanishka Panda stated on Friday evening. Panda was expelled by the TMC earlier this week. Adhikari and his household are residents of Kanthi city. Adhikari’s father Sisir Adhikari is the native Lok Sabha MP whereas his elder brother Dibyendu Adhikari is the Lok Sabha member from Tamluk in the identical district.
Meanwhile, Banashree Maiti, the TMC lawmaker from the Kanthi North meeting seat in East Midnapore, resigned on Friday evening and stated she is going to be part of the BJP on Saturday.
Retired military colonel Diptangshu Chowdhury, who give up the BJP in 2017 and joined the TMC, has stepped down from the posts of chairman of the South Bengal State Transport Corporation and advisor to the monitoring cell on programme implementation of presidency welfare providers within the chief minister’s workplace. There was hypothesis that he, too, may return to the BJP.
Making issues troublesome for Adhikari, state meeting speaker Biman Banerjee introduced on Friday afternoon that he is not going to settle for the resignation of the TMC legislator on technical grounds.
When Adhikari went to the meeting home on Wednesday afternoon to submit his hand-written letter, the speaker was not current in his workplace. Though acquired by the meeting secretary, the letter raised a number of questions since Adhikari didn’t put any date on it and didn’t write or signal it earlier than the speaker, one thing anti-defection guidelines of the meeting demand.
“I have asked Adhikari to appear before me at 2pm on December 21 and declare whether he voluntarily wrote the letter and when it comes into effect. If I am satisfied with his answer, I will accept the resignation,” stated Banerjee.
“There is no hard and fast rule that one has to resign from the assembly before joining the BJP. They may resign later,” stated a senior state BJP chief.