Calcutta, Aug. 25: Nearly 300 Congress activists, including half a dozen gram panchayat pradhans and panchayat samiti members, from Chopra in North Dinajpur joined Trinamul today.
The mass defection took place at Trinamul Bhavan in the presence of Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy.
Independent MLA Hamidul Islam, who had joined Trinamul a year ago, led the Congress activists into the Trinamul Bhavan this afternoon from Chopra. Hamidul, once said to be close junior urban development minister Deepa Das Munshi, had won the Chopra seat as an Independent in the 2011 Assembly elections.
“Congress workers and leaders are joining Trinamul across Bengal to help strengthen Mamata Banerjee so that she can go ahead with her development agenda,” Roy said after admitting the Congress workers into the party fold.
Asked why they switched to Trinamul, Chopra gram panchayat pradhan Mohammed Halim blamed the Congress’s “non-performance”.
State Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya said the party would not be weakened by the exodus, terming those who defected “opportunists”.
The latest exodus comes barely a fortnight after Congress councillors, including chairpersons of the Dubrajpur and Cooch Behar municipalities, joined Trinamul.