Arjun Singh quit the BJP and returned to the All India Trinamool Congress on Sunday. He was the vice-president of the BJP’s West Bengal unit. He had left the TMC andahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
On joining TMC, Arjun Singh said on Sunday, “I was facing a lot of problems as a lot of people were trying to stop the development of Bengal. That is why I have come back to my home again.”
Arjun Singh will meet West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday. “Mamata will lead the fight at the national level. A big fight will start soon nationally,” he said at a press conference on Sunday.
West Bengal | BJP flags were removed from the residence of Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh and TMC flags were put as the leader rejoined TMC after quitting BJP today.
— ANI (@ANI)
On whether he will be resigning from his MP post, he said, “I will resign in one hour if my party tells me. But people who have won on TMC tickets and are in BJP at present should also resign.”
‘WELCOME TO TMC FAMILY’
Arjun Singh met TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday afternoon to join the TMC. West Bengal minister Jyotipriya Mallick and TMC leaders from North 24 Parganas district were in attendance at Banerjee’s office in Kolkata.
Kolkata, West Bengal | BJP MP Arjun Singh reaches TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee’s office
— ANI (@ANI)
The TMC tweeted from its official handle, “Warmly welcoming former Vice President of Bengal BJP and MP from Barrackpore Arjun Singh into the All India Trinamool Congress family. He joins us today in the presence of our National General Secretary Shri Abhishek Banerjee.”
Warmly welcoming former Vice President ofand MP from Barrackpore, Shri into the All India Trinamool Congress family.
He joins us today in the presence of our National General Secretary Shri.
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial)
Abhishek Banerjee tweeted, “Extending a warm welcome to Shri Arjun Singh, who rejected the divisive forces at BJP and joined the TMC family today. People across the nation are suffering and they need us now more than ever. Let’s keep the fight alive!”
Speaking on, Jyotipriya Mallick said, “It is a moral victory of our party. If everyone comes back to the party under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, we will welcome them”.
The BJP’s number of MPs from West Bengal has dropped from 18 to 16 after Arjun Singh and, before him, Babul Supriyo’s switch to the TMC. In September last year, Babul Supriyo had left the BJP and joined the TMC. He was the Asansol MP at the time.
WHY HE QUIT BJP
Arjun Singh said on Sunday, “Politics can’t be done while sitting in AC rooms [on BJP’s West Bengal unit], has to get down to the ground to do politics. The party’s graph is declining.”
The leader’s party switch comes only days after he slammed the BJP’s state leadership for “not allowing him to work properly” despite him holding a senior position in the organisation.
“I met our [BJP] national president JP Nadda recently and told him about the situation in the state unit of the party. Dedicated workers are not given their due recognition. Despite being the state vice-president, I am not allowed to work properly,” he had said.
Earlier on Sunday, Arjun Singh said, “BJP has shortcomings in Bengal and Kerala and it’s upon the party as a whole how it’ll tackle them. Being an MP, I can’t look into them on an individual level.”
As per sources, Arjun Singh had also travelled to Delhi recently to meet the BJP’s top brass over in-fighting in the West Bengal unit of the BJP.
ARJUN SINGH’S POLITICAL CAREER
Although Arjun Singh started his political career with the Congress, winning the Bhatpara municipality election as councillor, his entry to the state Assembly was with the Trinamool Congress in 2001 when he defeated CPI(M) candidate Ramprasad Kundu.
He joined the BJP in 2019 before the Lok Sabha election and contested in Barrackpore. He won the seat.
(With inputs from Anupam Mishra)