Two more TMC defectors appeal for ‘ghar wapsi’

(This story originally appeared in on May 24, 2021)

MALDA: After former Bengal deputy speaker Sonali Guha on Saturday, two more Trinamool leaders have expressed interest for “ghar wapsi”.

While Malda zilla parishad member Sarala Murmu said she “realized” her “mistake”, former North Dinajpur MLA Amol Acharya cited the recent harassment of TMC veterans by CBI as the immediate reason for leaving BJP.

Murmu was named the TMC candidate from Habibpur in the assembly election. But she, along with zilla parishad sabhadipati Gour Mandal, joined BJP at the behest of Suvendu Adhikari. After TMC won 8 out of 12 seats in the district, Murmu re-established contact with her old party. “It was a mistake for me to join BJP. Now, when the CM has appealed to defectors to return, I want to come back,” she said on Sunday.

Two-time Itahar MLA and former North Dinajpur district TMC president Acharya was denied nomination this time. A miffed Acharya joined BJP, but was not given a ticket either.

“I have always considered Mamata Banerjee my leader. But I never thought I would be denied a nomination. I was upset and joined BJP. It was a mistake. Now, the BJP’s vindictive politics against leaders like Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim and others is exposed. I’ve written a letter of apology to the CM. I hope they will forgive me,” he said.

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