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Atonement, Or The Trail Back To TMC

They quit the TMC to join the BJP. After the Bengal polls, they’re desperate to get back.

Atonement, Or The Trail Back To TMC
Atonement, Or The Trail Back To TMC
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2021-07-09T19:59:30+05:30

Like the huge herds on the unending plains of the Serengeti, they migrated back to where they were at the turn of the season. Jumping from BJP to the Trinamool Congress has become a general political trend in West Bengal since Mamata Banerjee’s return to power. It, of course, is the reverse of the pre-election season. The unique ways BJP workers at the grassroots level are adopting to join the TMC are the talk of the town.

Behold the scene when, on June 22, a group of BJP workers at Khanakul area in Hooghly district returned to the TMC in the presence of party Arambag MP Aparupa Poddar. They were led by Bibhas Mallik, who had left the TMC for the BJP before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The renegades—hold your breath—got their heads shaved “in rep­entance” and purified themselves by sprinkling Ganga water. The photos and video clippings of BJP workers getting themselves tonsured went viral on social media. “I don’t know why people would get themselves tonsured. The event was not discussed with the district leadership,” said a...

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