Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Sovan Chatterjee on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at party headquarters in New Delhi in presence of party leader Mukul Roy and its General Secretary Arun Singh.
He later met BJP Working President J P Nadda after joining the party.
Mukul Roy welcomed Chatterjee to the party and claimed that the Trinamool Congress would not win more than 30 seats in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections to be held in 2021.
Chatterjee, once one of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's most trusted lieutenants, slammed her for doing negative politics and hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking several bold steps.
Chatterjee had resigned as the state minister and Kolkata mayor in November last year following some differences with Mamata Banerjee.
The BJP won 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls which was only four less than the Trinamool Congress's 22.
(With inputs from ANI)
Sovan Chatterjee had resigned as the state minister and Kolkata mayor in November last year