KOLKATA: Congress in West Bengal today received a jolt as two of its MLAs - Sankar Singha and Arindam Bhattacharya joined Trinamool Congress.
Trinamoool Congress leader Abhisekh Bandopadhyay, MP handed over the party flag to them at a function at Trinamoool Bhavan here.
"TMC will be strengthened further with their joining," Bandopadhyay said.
He said that Sankar Singha, a senior leader, has been made the working president of the party in Nadia district.
Singha is an MLA from Ranaghat Uttar Paschim and Bhattacharya is the legislator of Santipur, both in Nadia district.
TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee who was present, also welcomed them to the party.
Asked why has he joined TMC, Sankar Singha said that Mamata Banerjee was in the forefront in the fight against communalism and secessionism. "I felt I should join TMC".
State Congress President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "I did not expect it from Sankar Singha. They (the MLAs) can go. TMC has dangled carrots in front of them".
"For sometime we could not contact him (Singha) and he was not in touch with the party", Chowdhury added.