Trinamool leader Dinesh Trivedi to join BJP: Reports

In what may come as a huge setback for Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Dinesh Trivedi is likely to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), reports said on Tuesday.

Updated: Jan 20, 2015, 15:59 PM IST
Trinamool leader Dinesh Trivedi to join BJP: Reports

New Delhi: In what may come as a huge setback for Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Dinesh Trivedi is likely to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), reports said on Tuesday.

Reports say that the Trinamool MP from Barrackpore is unhappy with his party and is contemplating to join the BJP.

In 2012, Trivedi, who was then the railway minister, had to face Mamata's ire for raising Railway fares while presenting the Rail Budget. Trivedi was forced to step down as the union minister by the TMC supremo and the UPA government had to roll back the increased fares.

Trivedi is mulling to join the BJP at a time when it has got a shot in the arm with former top cop Kiran Bedi, ex-AAP leader Shazia Ilmi and Congress leader Krishna Tirath joining the party ahead of Delhi Assembly elections.

The BJP and TMC have been embroiled in a war of words ever since some of the Trinamool leaders were arrested in the Saradha scam.

Mamata has accused the BJP of playing politics with the CBI probe in Saradha scam.

The West Bengal government and Trinamool Congress have moved two applications in the Supreme Court demanding a court- monitored investigation into the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, currently being investigated by CBI.

Both, in their pleas, have alleged that TMC leaders are being "targeted" by the CBI and alleged the agency is being used as an "instrument" of the Centre.