Former Bengal minister Rajeeb Banerjee, who recently parted ways with the Trinamool Congress joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in Delhi in the presence of home minister Amit Shah. Rajeeb Banerjee, Prabir Ghosal, Baishali Dalmiya, Rathin Chakraborty and actor Rudranil Ghosh reached Delhi on a special plane and met the BJP functionaries in the presence of former TMC MLA Parthasarathi Chattopadhyay.
Banerjee, who had earlier resigned as MLA before quitting the TMC, said he had spoken to Amit Shah who called him to Delhi. He said after his resignation from Trinamool congress, he received a call from BJP leadership. He said home minister Amit Shah asked him to come to Delhi as he wanted to hand over the party flag to him himself.
Talking about his expectations from the saffron party, the former Bengal minister said he wants to work for the people of West Bengal. He said he will be comfortable with whatever role is assigned to him.
Earlier this week, Banerjee got emotional while resigning from the party. He clutched Mamata’s picture and burst into tears after handing over his resignation to the Governor. He said Banerjee was like a mother figure to him and he was grateful to her and will remain so till his last day.
According the sources, the newly-inducted BJP leaders were supposed to join Shah for his Howrah rally on Sunday, which was cancelled. Union minister Smriti Irani will be holding a rally in his place, while Shah will address the crowds at Dumurjula virtually.
Bengal is set to go to polls later this year. Ahead of the polls, several leaders have left the ruling TMC to join hands with the saffron party in the state. According to Banrejee, many leaders are expected to join the BJP on Sunday too.