KOLKATA: Former West Bengal Minister Suvendu Adhikari, Member of Parliament Sunil Mondal. former MP Dasarath Tirkey and 9 sitting MLAs - 6 from the TMC, and one each from the INC, CPIM, and CPI - joined the saffron party yesterday.
The West Bengal assembly elections will be held next year and it’s a frontier the BJP wants to conquer. The party, however, faces a formidable rival in the state — Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress (TMC) party.
In the 2016 assembly elections, the party contested 291 of the 294 seats, and ended up winning just 3 seats with a vote share of 10.6 per cent. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won 18 of the 42 seats and its vote share rose up to 40.64 percent. The TMC emerged as the largest party in the elections.
The senior politicians who joined the BJP party are as follows:
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