Around 200 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in West Bengal’s Hooghly district returned to the Trinamool Congress after ‘purifying’ themselves with Gangajal.
The party workers claimed that it was a mistake to join BJP. They shaved their heads and sprinkled Gangajal to “atone” for their mistake and returned to the TMC after being “purified”.
The BJP workers in Hooghly held the TMC flag and joined hands with Arambagh MP Aparupa Poddar.
According to TMC MP Aparupa Poddar, the party had organised a program on Tuesday to provide free food to the poor in Arambagh.
Aparupa Poddar claimed that during this program, some people from the Dalit community came and said that they had made a mistake by joining the BJP. They wanted to rejoin TMC after atoning for their mistake.
Since the TMC’s victory in the recently held assembly elections, hundreds of activists are returning to the party in several districts of West Bengal.
Earlier this month, over 50 BJP workers in West Bengal’s Birbhum were re-inducted into the Trinamool Congress Party after they staged a dharna outside the TMC office, demanding that be taken back. The activists had claimed that they regretted switching camps.
The BJP has, however, described this exodus of party workers as a result of violence that was unleashed in the state following the declaration of election results.
According to the BJP, the workers are being force to rejoin the ruling-party due to fear for themselves and their family.