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My brother, host of other TMC leaders will join BJP: Suvendu Adhikari

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Kolkata, Jan 01: Former Transport Minister of West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari, who quit TMC and joined the BJP said that his brother, Soumendu and a host of other TMC leaders will join the BJP.

"My younger brother Soumendu will join the BJP in Contai today. He will be accompanied by several councillors and 5,000 TMC grassroot workers. The TMC will steadily disintegrate," Suvendu said according to a PTI report.

My brother, host of other TMC leaders will join BJP: Suvendu Adhikari

Following his removal as the chairman of the board of administrators of Contai Municipality in Purba Medinipur district, Trinamool Congress leader Soumendu Adhikari on hinted that he would join the BJP following the footsteps of his political heavyweight brother Suvendu.

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"Lotus will bloom in every household. Wait a bit," said Mr Soumendu Adhikari who also filed a petition before the Calcutta High Court challenging his removal from his post in the civic body.

Lotus is the election symbol of the BJP. Mr Soumendu had not participated in the recent political programmes of the TMC in the district and a section of the party leaders alleged that he was supporting Suvendu Adhikari's mass contact programmes in the district for the last two months.

"Remember, we worship Maa Durga with 108 lotuses," Mr Soumendu told reporters at Contai.

Suvendu Adhikari, a former cabinet minister in the Mamata Banerjee government, joined the BJP along with nine MLAs, five of them from the TMC, and a party MP during Union Home Minister Amit Shah's rally in Medinipur on December 19.

At a public rally on Tuesday, Suvendu Adhikari said that lotus will bloom in his family.

His father Sisir Adhikari and another brother Dibyendu are TMC MPs. They did not give any indication of leaving the TMC.

However, Dibyendu Adhikari on Wednesday termed the decision to remove Soumendu from the post of chairman of the board of administrator of Contai Municipality as "unfortunate, unexpected and unfair."

Soumendu Adhikari was the chairman of Contai Municipality till the term of the board expired in 2019.

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He was then appointed as its administrator since elections were postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Claiming that he has been illegally removed by the West Bengal Municipal Affairs Department from his post in the civic body on December 30, Soumendu moved the Calcutta High Court on Thursday.

Assembly election is due in West Bengal in April-May 2021.

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