BJP sent a legal notice to MLAs who joined Trinamool Congress

Kolkata: Days after two party MLAs joined the Trinamool Congress, the BJP leadership in West Bengal on Wednesday said it has issued them a legal notice.

BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari said, “The way we took action against Mukul Roy, approached the speaker and raised the issue of his defection before the High Court, similarly we asked Tanmay Ghosh and Vishwajit Das to clarify our stand. Notice has been issued.” MLA and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly.

Mr Adhikari said that during TMC’s rule since 2011, more than 50 MLAs of opposition parties have crossed the floor.

“The opposition parties then [the Left and the Congress] did not take these defectors seriously. On behalf of BJP, we can assure that we will take it to its logical conclusion in a democratic way. The official said both the MLAs were not in touch with the party for the past few months.

Three BJP MLAs have joined TMC after the elections. Mr Roy was the first to do so in June, followed by Tanmay Ghosh (Bishnupur) on Monday and Biswajit Das (Bagda) on Tuesday.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that such defection will not affect the party. “Defection is not a new phenomenon. If dozens of MLAs switched from TMC to BJP before the assembly elections and some of them went back to TMC, then it is not going to affect the party. The BJP leadership said that some MLAs succumb to pressure from the ruling party and alleged that the police was pressurizing the legislators of opposition parties.

TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh hit out at the officer and said that he was trying to hide his incompetence by saying that the defecting MLAs were not in touch with the BJP for months.