Over 300 workers of the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) crossed over to West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday (1 December), days after the party's clean sweep in the state Assembly bypolls.
The Malda district Congress and BJP workers were formally welcomed into the TMC by its district president and former Lok Sabha member Mausam Benazir Noor during a programme at Mirzadpur in Ratua 2 community development block.
"We have joined Trinamool to be a partner in the stupendous development work that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has undertaken across the state," said one of the new joinees to Trinamool.
On Thursday (28 November), the Trinamool won all the three assembly constituencies - Kaliaganj, Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur - that went to the hustings.
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