Former Congress MP from Assam Sushmita Dev joins TMC
Former Assam MP Sushmita Dev, shortly after quitting the Congress, joined the TMC in Calcutta on Monday, in the presence of the party's national general secretary, Abhishek Banerjee.
Dev had been serving as the national spokesperson of the Congress and its women's wing chief.
Taking to Twitter, the TMC welcomed the former parliamentarian to its camp.
"We warmly welcome the former President of All India Mahila Congress @sushmitadevinc to our Trinamool family! Inspired by @MamataOfficial, she joins us today in the presence of our National General Secretary @abhishekaitc & Parliamentary Party Leader, Rajya Sabha, @derekobrienmp," the TMC wrote on its official Twitter handle.
She visited TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee's office at Camac Street in Calcutta earlier in the day.
Sources in the TMC said Dev is likely to meet TMC supremo and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna later in the afternoon.
Dev, who sent her resignation letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Sunday, has offered no reason for quitting the grand old party.
In her letter to Gandhi, Dev said she was beginning a "new chapter in my life of public service".
"I cherish my three-decade long association with the Indian National Congress...I hope I have your good wishes as I begin a new chapter in my life of public service," she said in the letter.
She had met the Congress president along with other leaders of the Assam Congress on Saturday.
Her Twitter account was also temporarily blocked last week after she shared Rahul Gandhi's picture with the parents of the nine-year-old victim of alleged rape and murder in Delhi.