If BJP loses more MLAs, then problem will arise for it, because if the number of MLAs goes below 69, then BJP will suffer in Rajya Sabha elections from the state. With the current strength, BJP can send two members to the upper house of Parliament.
The exodus of BJP MLAs and MPs in the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal does not appear to be stopping easily. After Sabyasachi Dutta joined the Trinamool on Thursday, there is talk that four more MLAs may change camp very soon. After this discussion, BJP President JP Nadda has been forced to intervene.
The names of these four MLAs are Hiren Chattopadhyay from Kharagpur in West Midnapore district, Neeraj Zimba from Darjeeling, Sukumar Roy from Cooch Behar (North) and Dibakar Gharami from Sonamukhi in Bankura district. He has not only been absent from various programs of the party but also did not attend the crucial meeting of MLAs last week where state BJP president Sukanta Majumdar was present.
The West Bengal unit of BJP had organized a felicitation program for the newly-appointed state president and party’s national vice president Dilip Ghosh, where all the MLAs were directed to be present, but the four did not. After this it is being speculated that he is in touch with the Trinamool leadership and there have been indications of him going there. Meanwhile, party MP Locket Chatterjee has also been absent in many programs of the party.
However, the BJP has rubbished these speculations. A senior BJP MLA said, “They could not attend the program due to some personal reasons. However, at some places, Trinamool is trying to put pressure on our MLAs and is also spreading rumors about them. No one from BJP. Even the MLA is not leaving the party. All these rumors propagated by Trinamool Congress are baseless.”
In the assembly elections held in the same year, the BJP had 77 MLAs elected, but this number was soon reduced to 75, as Nishith Pramanik and Jagannath Sarkar chose to remain members of the Lok Sabha. After this the number came down to 71 after the resignation of four BJP MLAs. Another MLA Krishna Kalyani recently quit the party, taking the number to 70. He has not yet joined the Trinamool, but there is talk of him doing so soon. At the same time, after Sabyasachi Dutta’s move to Trinamool, BJP’s troubles seem to be increasing continuously.
Now, if BJP loses more MLAs, then problems will arise for the party. Sources said that if the number of MLAs falls below 69, the chances of BJP in the Rajya Sabha elections from the state will suffer. With the current strength, BJP can send two members to the upper house of Parliament.