From Pavan Varma to Babul Supriyo: List of leaders who converted to TMC just lately

Following its resounding victory in Assembly elections in West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) has seen regular stream of leaders becoming a member of its ranks after leaping the boat from BJP and Congress.

Congress chief Kirti Azad, former Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar, and former JD(U) MP Pavan Varma have been among the many newest to affix the occasion. They have been formally inducted into the occasion within the presence of CM Banerjee in New Delhi.

Azad, who switched from the BJP to the Congress in 2019, was reported to be upset with the Congress management, particularly Rahul Gandhi. According to sources, Azad believes that the one chief who may give formidable problem to the Narendra Modi-led BJP is Banerjee.

Meanwhile, Varma joined TMC, saying it was the necessity of the hour to work for strengthening the Opposition. Varma, together with Prashant Kishor, was expelled from the JD(U) final 12 months after the 2 stepped up assaults on its alliance associate BJP over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). On the opposite hand, Tanwar had left the Congress forward of the 2019 Assembly polls after a bitter political battle with former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

In September, former Union Minister of State and BJP MP Babul Supriyo, who was eliminated as a part of a serious rejig within the Narendra Modi Council of Ministers in July, joined TMC. He admitted that he was dissatisfied at what had occurred regardless of his “hard work and good work”.

Earlier in June, former BJP nationwide vice-president Mukul Roy, alongside together with his son and former MLA Subhrangshu, had returned to the TMC. Several native leaders and a handful of MLAs from BJP had converted to the TMC put up the thumping victory of the Mamata Banerjee-led occasion within the Assembly elections.

Goa seems to be one of many key focus space for TMC. Ahead of Assembly elections, the coastal state is witnessing a number of leaders becoming a member of Banerjee’s crew up to now months with former Goa Chief Minister and veteran Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro main the flock. According to TMC sources, together with Faleiro, 9 different leaders — Lavoo Mamledar, Yatish Naik, Vijay Vasudev Poi, Mario Pinto De Santana, Anand Naik, Rabindranath Faleiro, Shivdas Sonu Naik, Rajendra Shivaji Kakodkar and Antonio Monteiro Clovis Da Costa had joined the occasion.

While becoming a member of TMC, Faleiro had stated, “I am joining TMC to defeat BJP. Goa is suffering under BJP and is in a very bad shape. Goa needs Didi (Mamata Banerjee). We requested her to come to Goa and support Goans to protect their culture and heritage.”

Tennis veteran Leander Paes had joined the TMC in October in presence of Banerjee in Goa. Actor and activist Nafisa Ali additionally joined the Trinamool Congress on the identical occasion in Goa. “Happy to inform that Leander Paes joins TMC. I am too happy. He is my younger brother. I know him since I was the youth minister and he was very very young,” Banerjee had stated whereas inducting the tennis star.

Meanwhile, Goa Forward Party (GFP) obtained a jolt on Sunday after its working president Kiran Kandolkar, second solely to occasion chief Vijai Sardesai, joined TMC hours after he tendered his resignation from GFP.

The TMC, newest entrant within the contest for Goa Assembly elections, inducted Kandolkar, his spouse Kavita Kandolkar and 40 others, together with sarpanches of 5 villages from Assembly constituencies of Tivim and Aldona in North Goa.

In Uttar Pradesh, two senior Congress leaders had joined TMC in October. The two leaders, Rajeshpati Tripathi and Lalitpati Tripathi, stated they might stick with it the battle to oust the BJP from energy in UP and the Centre below the management of Banerjee. Rajeshpati Tripathi is an ex-MLC whereas Laliteshpati Tripathi is former UP Congress vice-president and an ex-MLA. Rajeshpati and Laliteshpati are the grandson and the great-grandson of former UP chief minister Kamalapati Tripathi, respectively.

In Tripura, round 30 Congress and BJP leaders, together with Tripura Youth Congress’ former working president Santanu Saha, had joined the TMC in August.