Kirti Azad, the former BJP leader who switched into Congress camp in 2019 is all set to join Mamata Banerjee’s All India Trinamool Congress today.
If sources are to be believed, Kirti Azad, the former Indian Cricketer and former Lok Sabha MP from Darbhanga, Bihar is all set to join Mamata Banerjee’s All India Trinamool Congress (AITC/TMC) today. Azad was a BJP leader till 2019 and he switched to the Congress party just before the 2019 General Elections. Azad was suspended from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2015 for openly targeting the then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged corruption.
According to the top sources in the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Kirti Azad will join Banerjee’s party in the National Capital today at 5 pm in the evening. A cricketer-turned-politician, Azad was elected to Lok Sabha thrice from Darbhanga in Bihar. He had fought the 2014 general elections on a BJP ticket. Azad was also a part of the World Cup-winning Indian team in 1983.
The development comes amid West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Delhi, who is slated to be in the National Capital till November 25. Banerjee’s visit to the capital is taking place days ahead of the winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to begin on November 29. She will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to discuss issues pertaining to the Border Security Force (BSF) and the development of the state during her visit to Delhi.
This can also be seen as TMC’s attempt to portray themselves as a counter to the Bharatiya Janata Party at the National Level. TMC is trying everything to expand its base outside the state of West Bengal. They are contesting Municipal elections in Tripura as well as focusing on fighting the upcoming Goa Assembly Elections. Earlier they poached a few of the BJP leaders in the state of Bengal. Sushmita Dev, the former Congress MP also joined the AITC, about a month ago. Former Goa Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Luizinho Faleiro also joined Trinamool Congress and said ‘Goa is suffering under BJP and is in a very bad shape. Goa needs Didi.’ Now, with Kirti Azad joining TMC, it is sure to give a boost to the ruling dispensation of Bengal.
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