Senior Congress leader of the state Jayprakash Majumder on Thursday formally joined the BJP. He had been in charge of the communication department of the state Congress and had access to all the data which he said would be used by the BJP. “Yes, I have all the statistics and data and now it will be used by the BJP to fight against the TMC terror,” he told reporters.
Majumder cited lack of any movement by his erstwhile party against the ruling Trinamool Congress as the reason behind his switch and maintained there was “no personal reason”.
Holding a press conference, Majumder said he, as a Congress member, had joined hands with the TMC to oust CPM from power. Now, he said, the time had come to make another alliance. “BJP, at the moment, is the strongest force that can fight TMC in the upcoming election. In the last three years, Bengal has seen deterioration in almost every sphere. There has also been cultural degradation. People do not respect their elders and students beat up teachers. We have lost the value-based society which we were once very proud of. BJP is capable of fighting against this misrule,” he said.
While most senior state Congress leaders refused to react to the defection, AICC general secretary in-charge Shakil Ahmad Khan said it’s unexpected. “I must say I am shocked and sad. I never expected a person like him (Majumder) to desert the party. Ideologically, it is incorrect. In your family you may get angry at something but that doesn’t mean you have to take the poison. What Majumder has done amounts to that,” Khan said.
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At the same press conference, state BJP president Rahul Sinha reacted strongly to state education minister Partha Chatterjee’s comments that students will not have time to watch Prime Ministers’ Teachers’ Day speech, saying it’s the state government that does not have the right intentions. “We condemn this act of the state government. Students want to listen to the PM. But it is the state government that intentionally wants to keep them away from the inspirational speech. By barring the students and the people, the state is, in fact, violating the Constitution,” he said, adding that if put to vote, 98 per cent of the teachers and students would want to listen to Modi’s speech.
On TMC general secretary Mukul Roy’s attempt to steer clear of the Saradha deal with the Railways’ IRCTC, Sinha said: “Now he is saying it (the deal) was not signed during his tenure as Rail minister. Next he will say they (other accused) took the money and not him.”