Before in the first innings of 2019, the Trinamool Congress today lost two wickets – two sitting lawmakers – one expelled after he joined the BJP, the other before he could jump ship. Anupam Hazra, Bolpur lawmaker, has not joined the BJP yet but each source point in that direction.
Saumitra Khan, Bishnupur lawmaker, however, was signaling his disaffection. Today, he drove in the stake, saying, “No democracy in Trinamool. It is now a “pishi-bhaipo” party (an “aunt and nephew” party)” – a direct reference to Trinamool chairperson Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
Is the Trinamool in shock? Not really. Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew, and Trinamool MP and president of Trinamool Yuva, was scathing in his attack.
“Why didn’t Saumitra Khan change parties earlier, why so late? The people BJP is trying to grab, I dare them to stand for election and win. BJP will lose the two seats they have in Bengal today. Trinamool will get 42 on 42,” Mr Banerjee said and demanded Mr Khan said how he had spent his MPLAD (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) funds.
“Oiling is the best policy for existence in politics,” Mr Khan wrote on Facebook on 20 December. He is a loyalist of Mukul Roy – former Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP who joined the BJP in November 2017. Mr Roy was there when Mr Khan formally joined BJP at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi.