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New Delhi Correspondent
West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress suffered a jolt when its lawmaker from Bishnupur seat Soumitra Khan quit the party on Wednesday and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Soon after resigning from the party, Khan was expelled by the party which also expelled its lawmaker from Anupam Hazra from Bolpur for “anti-party activities.”
Khan is the first Lok Sabha member of the Trinmool Congress to have defected to the BJP. Earlier, Mukul Roy, a Trinamool Congress MP and once a close confidante of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, had joined BJP in November 2017.
Khan, considered close to Roy, began his career with the Congress party and was elected legislator in 2011 state assembly polls before defecting to Trinmool Congress.
After leaving Trinamool Congress, Khan posted a video on social media alleging that a police officer in the Bankura district is trying to “kidnap” his personal assistant who was later arrested for alleged illegal possession of arms.
Khan alleged a syndicate raj and police raj prevailed in West Bengal under Trinamool Congress rule. He also charged that the law and order situation in the state was worsening by the day as the ruling party was backing goondas.
“I cannot stay in Trinamool Congress any longer and I want to follow in the footsteps of Narendra Modi,” he told the media.
A couple of days ago, Khan had alleged in a social media post that police of Bankura district were conspiring against him.