Ending months of speculation, former Kolkata mayor and Trinamool Congress MLA Sovan Chatterjee joined the BJP along with his close associate Baishakhi Banerjee in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Chatterjee was asked to step down as a minister and Kolkata mayor by TMC chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last November following troubles in his personal life. He is the sixth TMC MLA to join the BJP since the Lok Sabha election results in May this year.
Lauding PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for their bold leadership, Chatterjee said that there should be no place for negative politics, in an apparent attack on the TMC chief.
Meanwhile, in Kolkata, TMC sources said that the party may expel Chatterjee from the party and is exploring legal procedures before finalising it.
“A party leader has to shoulder a lot of responsibilities. A true politician is one who is responsible towards his party, his family and society,” Mamata said at a party programme in Kolkata.