In a jolt to the BJP ahead of the Assembly elections, its Minority Morcha president Shakil Ansari on Monday left the party citing inadequate number of seats for the Muslim candidates. Mr. Ansari said he was contemplating joining the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC).
“I am in talks with the TMC leadership. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has done a lot for the development of Muslims,” he told Th e Hindu, pointing out that the TMC had fielded 57 Muslim candidates of the total 294 seats.
“The State BJP president [Dilip Ghosh] told me that he could not field Muslim candidates due to RSS pressure,” he said. The BJP State leadership denied the charges. —