14 May, 2021

Where’s The Party?

The elections are near, it’s the season of loyalty shifts as regional leaders look for political survival in a battlefield dominated by the BJP

Where’s The Party?

When Mukul Roy left the Trinamool Congress (TMC), a party he had co-founded, to join the BJP in November 2017, he was considered one of the biggest catches for the saffron party in West Bengal. Roy, arguably the closest aide of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, was virtually running the party. If anyone knew TMC’s strengths as well as its weaknesses, it was him. More was yet to come. In the run-up to the assembly elections in Bengal next year, BJP has snapped up another TMC strongman, Suvendu Adhikari, a mass leader from a powerful political family in Medinipur. He is believed to have clout to win at least seven assembly seats and swing the results in 40 more. His entry along with other TMC leaders has definitely given a boost to BJP’s quest to win the eastern state for the first time.

Adhikari is the latest in a growing list of regional leaders who have shifted allegiance to the BJP, the ruling party at the Centre and several states, and is widely predicted to spread its wings to regions which were considered out of its reach till not very long ago. The BJP has been...

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