Calcutta, March 9: Former Meghalaya governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary joined the Trinamul Congress along with a sitting Congress legislator from Jharkhand here today.
Mooshahary, a former IPS officer and a resident of Assam, today came to Trinamul Bhavan in Topsia off EM Bypass to formally join the party in the presence of Trinamul’s all-India general secretary Mukul Roy and other party heavy-weights.
“The entry of high-profile party leaders from mainline political parties from across the country before the Lok Sabha polls is giving a national status to our party,” Roy told reporters at Trinamul Bhavan after the leaders were formally admitted to the party fold at a function.
“This is indicative of people’s new-found interest in Mamata Banerjee’s good governance and development agenda,” he said.
Mooshahary, who was Meghalaya governor between 2008 and 2013, said he would work hard to consolidate the organisation in Meghalaya. “My motto would be to consolidate the organisation in Meghalaya,” he said.
Mooshahary was director-general, National Security Guards and before that of the BSF.
Chandra Shekhar Dubey, Intuc national secretary and sitting Congress MLA from Jharkhand, also joined the Trinamul Congress during the day along with Congress general secretary of Odisha Arko Kumar Gnyanendra and social activist Indrajit Singh Koralo.
Dubey was a minister in the Hemant Soren government in Jharkhand till a fortnight ago before he was expelled on charges of corruption, said a Trinamul leader.
“We are happy that people from different states are joining our party. This shows that the party is fast expanding beyond Bengal,” said Trinamul state president Subrata Bakshi.
Trinamul leaders said those who have joined the party in recent months would be “honourably positioned” in the organisation.
“Whoever is joining our party from other parties would be treated with respect. They would be given key organisational posts in the party,” said a Trinamul general secretary.
Trinamul chief Mamata Banerjee had claimed during a news conference at her south Calcutta home last week that Trinamul could topple the government in Jharkhand. “But we won’t do such things before the Lok Sabha polls,” she had said.
“Two Jharkhand MLAs who have recently joined us are working hard to rebuild the organisation in Jharkhand,” said Parvez Querashi, Trinamul observer for Jharkhand.