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West Bengal: BJP inducts 17 Darjeeling councillors, now holds majority in local body

The Councillors were formerly with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. In the 32-member Darjeeling municipality, the saffron party now enjoys a majority.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2019 9:07:26 pm
BJP, BJP Bengal, West Bengal BJP, Darjeeling municipality,  Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Mukul Roy, Kailash Vijayvargiya, tmc, TMC Bengal, TMC West Begnal, Indian Express New Delhi: 17 Councillors of Darjeeling Municipality formerly with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha join Bharatiya Janata Party, in New Delhi, Saturday, June 8, 2019. (PTI)

Seventeen councillors of the Darjeeling municipality joined the BJP Saturday, giving the saffron party a majority in the local body. The Councillors were formerly with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.

In the 32-member Darjeeling municipality, BJP now enjoys a majority, party leader Mukul Roy said while addressing a press conference after the formal induction of the councillors. Two seats are vacant in the body, he said.

Roy also accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of using police to harass the elected members and their supporters. Read in Bangla

“Our battle to save democracy in the state continues. People’s mandate went against the chief minister in the Lok Sabha polls, but she is now using ‘police raj’ to harass BJP workers and supporters,” he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

The BJP will organise a big demonstration in the hill state in the coming days, Roy added.

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is the party’s in-charge for the state, has also targeted Banerjee for her alleged attack on various institutions. In his first meet with elected representatives and state office bearers after the Lok Sabha election, Vijayvargiya, had lashed out at the Bengal CM for being “an arrogant administrator”.

“We don’t know whether the TMC government will be able to continue in Bengal till 2021,” he had said.

The Trinamool Congress, which lost 12 seats it held in the general election, faced another jolt when two legislators and a majority of councillors in four municipalities switched to the BJP after the results.

(Inputs from PTI)

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