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Opposition exodus continues: Over 5 politicians from Bengal, Assam, Telangana, Odisha defect to BJP in one day

On Thursday, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) witnessed a flurry of switch-ovbers in several states, wherein political leaders jnoined the saffron party ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections. Over 5 political leaders from West Bengal, Assam, Telangana, and Odisha joined the BJP on Thursday itself.

Former Congress leader Kaustav Bagchi, who had resigned from the party a day before, joined the BJP on Thursday and vowed to fight against the TMC regime in the state.Premium
Former Congress leader Kaustav Bagchi, who had resigned from the party a day before, joined the BJP on Thursday and vowed to fight against the TMC regime in the state.

On Thursday, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) witnessed a flurry of switch-ovbers in several states, wherein political leaders jnoined the saffron party ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections. Over 5 political leaders from West Bengal, Assam, Telangana, and Odisha joined the BJP on Thursday itself. 

Let's take a look

In Bengal, ex-Congress leader Kaustav Bagchi joined BJP

Former Congress leader Kaustav Bagchi, who had resigned from the party a day before, joined the BJP on Thursday and vowed to fight against the TMC regime in the state.

"Today, we are happy to welcome Kaustav Bagchi in the BJP," party leader Suvendu Adhikari said at a programme here. West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar was also present.

Bagchi resigned from the Congress on Wednesday, claiming a "lack of respect" within the organisation.

Bagchi, who had his head tonsured after being released on bail following his arrest over comments against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last year, sent his resignation to Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge, with copies to party state chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and general secretary and state in-charge Ghulam Ahmed Mir.

Known as a bitter critic of the TMC, Bagchi had opposed Congress and TMC being part of the opposition bloc INDIA. 

Expelled BJD MLA joins BJP in Odisha

Expelled BJD MLA Prashant Jagdev on Thursday joined the BJP and expected a double-engine government in Odisha after the Lok Sabha and the state assembly elections later this year.

He was an MLA from the Chilika constituency before expulsion.

Jagdev is the second expelled BJD leader after Pradeep Panigrahy to join the BJP this month.

BRS MP Pothuganti Ramulu, his son, other leaders join BJP

Former BRS MP from Telengana Pothuganti Ramulu joined the BJP here on Thursday, quitting his party ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Along with Ramulu, his son Bharat Prasad and several other BRS leaders from Telangana, also joined the BJP in the presence of senior party leaders, including Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar and party in-charge for Telangana Tarun Chugh .

BJP national vice president D K Aruna and the party's OBC Morcha chief K Laxman were also present at the BJP headquarters on the occasion.

Former Assam Congress working president Rana Goswami joins BJP

Former Working President of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee Rana Goswami joined the BJP on Thursday.

Goswami, who resigned from the Congress on Wednesday, joined the BJP in the presence of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, state BJP president Bhabesh Kalita and other leaders at the state BJP headquarters in Guwahati.

Apart from him, another leader, Jayanta Bora, also joined the party.

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Published: 29 Feb 2024, 10:50 PM IST
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