New Delhi: West Bengal BJP leader and actor Mithun Chakraborty on Wednesday claimed that around 38 Trinamool Congress MLAs share “very good relations” with the saffron party currently. Of these 38, 21 legislators of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC, were in direct touch with BJP, he claimed.
“Do you want to hear breaking news? At this moment, 38 TMC MLAs have very good relations with us, out of which 21 are in direct (contact with us),” news agency ANI quoted Chakraborty as saying in Kolkata.
Chakraborty, who had joined BJP ahead of the West Bengal Assembly polls 2021, said, “When I was in Mumbai, I read in newspapers one fine morning that the Shiv Sena and the BJP have formed the government in Maharashtra.”
Reacting to his claims, TMC said the actor-turned-politician was “trying to fool the people by making false claims”. TMC MP Santanu Sen dismissed Chakraborty assertions saying, “Such statements are an attempt to fool the masses. It has no relation with reality.”
Hitting out at the BJP leader, Sen said, “I heard that Mithun Chakraborty was admitted to a hospital a few days back. I think he was mentally ill & not physically. The problem is that he does not know politics.”
Chakraborty further said the BJP is in power in 18 states and the party’s flag will “fly high in a few other states very soon”.
“The BJP will not stop its fight in West Bengal. If free and fair polls are held in the state today, the party will form the next government,” PTI quoted him as saying.
The TMC currently has 216 MLAs in the 294-member West Bengal Assembly, while the opposition BJP has 75 legislators. Five saffron party MLAs have joined the ruling party without resigning as legislators.