Lok Sabha elections 2019: TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi rubbishes rumours of joining BJP, says saffron party spreading fake news

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New Delhi | Updated: January 14, 2019 1:57:15 PM

Last week in a major setback to Trinamool Congress, sitting Lok Sabha MP from Bankura's Bishnupur Soumitra Khan had joined the saffron party. Joining BJP, Khan slammed both TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.

TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi (IE/ File photo)

Trinamool Congress (TMC) Lok Sabha MP and former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi today dismissed all speculations surrounding him joining the BJP ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Speaking to Financial Express Online, the former Railway Minister said that the rumours were being planted by the saffron party itself. “All the rumours regarding my resignation from TMC are being spread by BJP. They are planting the news.”

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Lashing out at BJP, Trivedi also said that the saffron party is playing dirty politics and will not win any single Lok Sabha constituency from the state. “Even if PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah contest from West Bengal, the saffron party will not secure a single seat,” said Trivedi.

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The former minister’s clarification comes amid rumours around several Trinamool Congress leaders readying to jump ship and join BJP. Last week in a major setback to Trinamool Congress, sitting Lok Sabha MP from Bankura’s Bishnupur Soumitra Khan had joined the saffron party. Joining BJP, Khan slammed both TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee. He alleged that no other leader has any importance in the TMC and becomes a party of ‘aunt’ and ‘nephew’.

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“TMC is a party of ‘pisi’ and ‘bhaipo’. No democracy exists within the party and it is functioning like King Nero,” Khan told Financial Express Online. Khan also said that there are several leaders including MPs and MLAs who are willing to resign from TMC and joining BJP. However, he refused to take anyone’s name but said that another expelled TMC MP from Bolpur Anupam Hazra is in regular touch with him.

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