The Congress legislator from the Rejinagar Assembly segment in Murshidabad district, Humayun Kabir, resigned on Friday from all the posts he held in the party.
He will be joining the Trinamool Congress this coming Tuesday.
He had met the Trinamool Congress chairperson, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, at the State Secretariat on Monday and said later that she had welcomed him to her party.
The first-time Congress MLA and close associate of Union Minister of State for Railways and the party’s Murshidabad district president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Mr. Kabir is likely to be inducted into the State Council of Ministers in the next reshuffle.
Commenting on the developments, Mr. Chowdhury said Trinamool is trying to lure Congress leaders by offering them ministerial berths in the State Government.
“The Trinamool Congress is in great desperation to make some sort of a dent in Murshidabad district (a Congress stronghold),” he said.
Asked whether Mr. Kabir’s resignation will have any impact on the party’s performance in the upcoming rural elections, Mr. Chowdhury said that the Congress has a strong organisation in the district and is not dependent on individual leaders.
“I challenge him to face the electorate and see what the outcome is,” he said.
Meanwhile, another Congress MLA, Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury, elected from the English Bazar Assembly constituency in Malda district had also announced his decision to quit the party and join Trinamool Congress last month.
Mr. Choudhury, too, is expected to join Trinamool Congress on November 20 and hopes to get a ministerial berth in the next reshuffle.