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West Bengal: Eight defectors return to TMC

State Municipal Affairs Minister and senior TMC leader Firhad Hakim announced this in the presence of the councillors at the Assembly press corner.

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According to Hakim, the TMC councillors were forced by BJP leaders to join their party or face “grave consequences”.

Eight TMC councillors from Halisahar municipality, who had defected to BJP last month, rejoined TMC on Tuesday.

State Municipal Affairs Minister and senior TMC leader Firhad Hakim announced this in the presence of the councillors at the Assembly press corner.

According to Hakim, the TMC councillors were forced by BJP leaders to join their party or face “grave consequences”.

“The BJP has adopted the policy of creating a scare among TMC councillors to force them join the saffron party. In an attempt to score points in front of Amit Shah, BJP MP Arjun Singh threatened our councillors to join the BJP or face grave consequences. Today, they have shown courage and came back to us. They were suffocating in the BJP and wanted to breathe fresh air under TMC,” Hakim said.

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Last month, eight out of total 12 councillors of Halisahar municipality in North 24 Parganas district had defected to BJP.

The defection was engineered by BJP leaders Mukul Roy and Arjun Singh.

Reacting to the development, Singh said no one was forced to join the BJP.

“We still believe that we will get hold of the municipality. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will bring a no-confidence motion against that municipality chairman and it will be clear whether these councillors are with TMC or BJP,” the BJP
MP said.