Mass exodus to Congress continues as Kirti Azad, former Haryana MP Ashok Tanwar prepares to join TMC today


The massive exodus of leaders to the TMC, mostly from Congress, comes as Mamata Banerjee’s party continues to slowly expand its footprints beyond West Bengal.

Congress faced another setback with its leader Kirti Azad expected to switch sides with Congress in Trinamool today. It comes amid growing differences between the two parties which intensified after the TMC announced it will challenge Goa polls scheduled for next year.

Azad, a member of the Indian team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, is a three-time MP for Lok Sabha in Darbhanga, Bihar. He was previously with the BJP but was suspended after openly targeting Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for alleged corruption within the Delhi Cricket Association.

Congress played down Azad’s exit, with party leader Pawan Khera saying, “Those who don’t want to fight leave Congress and join other parties. The people who want to fight for the country are with Congress. « 

Meanwhile, former Congressman Ashok Tanwar is expected to join TMC in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi today.

Tanwar – a former congressman – left Congress in 2019 and started Apna Bharat Morcha. He was once a close associate of Rahul Gandhi. But he fell out with the party because of his rivalry with the leaders of Haryana, including former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Tanwar, a former president of the Youth Congress who represented the Sirsa of Haryana in Parliament, remains an important face of Haryana. His expected entry into the TMC is part of the party’s plans to expand its base beyond Bengal following his return to power with a landslide victory in the West Bengal parliamentary elections this summer.

The massive exodus of leaders to the TMC, mostly from Congress, comes as Mamata Banerjee’s party continues to slowly spread its footprints in its attempt to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP in the 2024 election.

On the other hand, Congress continues to fight the massive exodus of its leaders to other parties across the states. Just days ago, at least 20 members of Congress believed to be close to Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned in Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress has suffered the most in terms of defections since 2014, followed by the Bahujan Samaj Party. The BJP also lost a considerable number of election candidates as well as lawmakers during the same period. However, the party was also the biggest winner because of these defections.

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