TWO former Trinamool Congress leaders in Birbhum, who had defected to the BJP around a year ago, on Sunday said they are returning to the ruling party. They included Hriday Ghosh, whose father Sagar Ghosh was a dissident independent candidate who was allegedly killed by Trinamool workers during the 2013 panchayat polls.
In a meeting at Bandhnamagram in Birbhum district’s Parui, Ghosh, along with BJP leader Nimai Das, said they have decided to return to TMC. “Earlier, there were some problems because of which I had decided to defect to the BJP. But we received no support from BJP after that. It was only trying to get political mileage out of my father’s murder,” Ghosh said.
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He added that though he had withdrawn his plea seeking a CBI probe into his father’s murder from the Supreme Court, Trinamool had assured him that his father’s murder will be probed. Ghosh, however, refused to comment if Birbhum Trinamool chief Anubrata Mondal was involved in the murder.
Das too had his share of complaints against the BJP. “Party supporters have been put behind bars for a year now but BJP has hardly done anything. Party district president Dudh Kumar Mondal had also resigned from his post,” he added.
When contacted, Anubrata Mondal said: “There will always be little misunderstandings among members of a big family. They were members of the Trinamool family and were misled. Now, they have returned home.”
BJP state president Rahul Sinha claimed Ghosh had traded with those who had “murdered” his father. “He should learn something from the victim of the Sattor case. She has held her ground,” he added.
Sources said actor-turned-BJP leader Roopa Ganguly asked to stop party workers defecting to Trinamool in Birbhum.
Meanwhile, Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra, convenor of Aamra Akranta (victims of state atrocities), said they will speak to the state BJP president to go ahead and seek a CBI probe into Sagar Ghosh’s murder. Hriday Ghosh was earlier a member of Aamra Akranta.
“He is not a part of the group anymore. The plea for a CBI probe into the Sagar Ghosh murder should be filed in public interest, We will speak to the BJP state leadership about it,” Mahapatra added.