Sujata Mondal Khan, spouse of the Bharatiya Janata Get together’s (BJP) Bengal youth entrance president Saumitra Khan, joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday, saying the state’s most important opposition celebration was filling its ranks with corrupt and impressive leaders from different events by promising them excessive posts.
She alleged that she was not proven any respect within the BJP though she labored laborious for it when the celebration was struggling. The 32-year-old lady didn’t maintain any necessary put up within the BJP.
Her sudden transfer unfolded an unprecedented household drama in Bengal politics with Khan, 39, rapidly calling a media convention and declaring that he’ll ship her divorce papers inside 24 hours.
“I’m heartbroken to see 10 years of companionship coming to an finish on this method. The Lakshmi (the Hindu goddess of prosperity) of my dwelling has been stolen,” mentioned Khan as tears rolled down his cheeks. “Sujata, I’ll ship you papers for mutual divorce. Please signal them and don’t use Khan, my surname, from at the moment,” he mentioned.
“We had some variations throughout the previous few months. She wished an necessary place within the BJP however I had no inkling that she was drifting away from me,” mentioned the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) state president and Lok Sabha member.
Saumitra Khan is a former TMC chief who joined the BJP in January 2019. He was the TMC’s Lok Sabha member from Bishnupur in Bankura district. He retained the seat by contesting for the BJP and was made president of the state BJYM about three months in the past.
“I noticed with ache that people who find themselves corrupt and over-ambitious, those that will be referred to as rotten apples, are being herded into the BJP. There is no such thing as a place for hardworking individuals who battle for his or her rules,” Sujata Khan mentioned on the TMC headquarters in Kolkata about two hours earlier than her husband reacted.
“I married him going towards the needs of my household. I really like him and can all the time achieve this. I nonetheless have the crimson sindoor (vermilion) on my brow,” she advised the media an hour after her husband talked of divorce. “Can a private relationship finish in divorce due to politics. No TMC chief advised me that I’ve to divorce him to affix the ruling celebration,” she added.
Sujata Khan was welcomed into the TMC by Lok Sabha member Saugata Roy and spokesperson Kunal Ghosh. “Sujata is like my daughter. We’re completely happy to have her within the celebration,” mentioned Roy.
When she was requested about her husband on the TMC workplace, Sujata Khan mentioned, “Who is aware of whether or not he, too, won’t be part of the TMC in future.”
Her husband dominated out such a chance. “I’m a die-hard soldier of the BJP. Within the coming polls I’ll current all seven segments in my Lok Sabha constituency to Narendra Modi Ji,” he quipped.
With out naming Suvendu Adhikari, the previous TMC minister who joined the BJP in presence of Union dwelling minister Amit Shah on Saturday together with six different TMC MLAs and three extra from the Left and Congress, Sujata Khan mentioned, “Some individuals are becoming a member of the BJP with the hope of changing into the following chief minister or deputy chief minister. Dozens of individuals have been promised these posts. Think about having a dozen deputy chief ministers.”
Her husband, nonetheless, refuted this. “That is baseless. All people has a task allotted to her or him. No one is massive or small within the BJP,” he mentioned.
“I’m completely happy to see the TMC going by means of a cleaning course of because the grasping and the unhealthy apples are flocking to the BJP,” mentioned the BJYM state president’s estranged spouse. “Solely those that realized that they aren’t going to be fielded by the TMC within the meeting polls in 2021 are leaving,” she mentioned on the TMC headquarters.
Jay Prakash Majumdar, state vice-president of the BJP, mentioned, “Not like Saumitra Khan, his spouse doesn’t have a historical past in politics. This doesn’t have any political significance for us.”