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Ahead Of Lok Sabha Polls, Trinamool Congress MP Saumitra Khan Joins BJP

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| January 9 , 2019 , 19:28 IST

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received the 1st jolt as Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP from Bishnupur, Saumitra Khan on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Khan's induction in the saffron party was announced at a press conference soon after his meeting with BJP President Amit Shah.

Earlier in November 2017, Mukul Roy, who was once number two in Trinamool Congress and a Rajya Sabha MP, had joined the saffron party.

Saumitra Khan and another Lok Sabha MP Anupam Hazra (Bolpur) have been expelled by Trinamool Congress for anti-party activities.

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It is learnt that Khan was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014, represented Bishnupur constituency. He was earlier an MLA in the state Assembly from Katulpur.

According to media reports when Saumitra Khan was asked for the reasons for leaving Trinamool Congress, "There is a syndicate raj and police raj going on in Bengal and especially Bankura district under which my constituency falls. The law and order situation of Bengal is deteriorating day-by-day and Trinamool Congress is supporting goondas. Everyday we get reports of murders and bombings from across the state. Polls in the rest of the country are held peacefully without a single incident of killing. But in Bengal even during the panchayat polls, dozens of people are killed."

"Policemen are picking up innocent youths and locking them behind bars. In such a situation I cannot stay in Trinamool Congress. I want to follow the footsteps of Narendra Modi and his policy of Sabka Sath Sabka Bikas," he said.