Ahead of the crucial and much-awaited West Bengal Assembly Election 2021, former Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Dinesh Trivedi on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party president JP Nadda in Delhi. Union minister Piyush Goyal was also present.
Trivedi unexpectedly resigned from the Rajya Sabha on February 12, delivering an emotional speech in the House, where he lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi, thanked TMC for sending him to the Upper House, but said it was time to respond to his inner voice asking him to something for West Bengal.
Nadda, welcoming him to the party, said, "Dinesh Trivedi was the right person in the wrong party, now he is in the right party."
"Dinesh Trivedi will play an active role in West Bengal elections," Nadda said.
After joining BJP, Dinesh Trivedi said: "I was never interested in business. Today I have joined 'janta parivar'."
"In the other party (I will not name it) they are not serving the people but a family. Many people in Bengal used to ask me about the condition in the state. There is massive corruption in Bengal under the current state government," Dinesh Trivedi said.
"I will be active in election process, irrespective of whether I contest or not. Bengal has rejected TMC. They want progress, not corruption or violence. They are ready for real change. Politics isn't 'khela', it's serious. She (CM) forgot her ideals while playing," as Dinesh Trivedi said to the news agency ANI.
In his final speech in the Rajya Sabha in February, Trivedi said, "The way violence is being unleased in my side, democracy is being attacked, I am feeling uneasy sitting here. I am feeling uneasy sitting here. I am from the land of Subhash Chandra Bose, Khudiram, Rabindranath Tagore...There are limitations here. My party has sent me here so I am grateful. But now I can't take any more what is happening. I am feeling suffocated and that's why I want to resign from here and want to work for my Bengal."
Trivedi joining the saffron party was only a matter of time after his resignation from the Upper House and the party with which he has been associated since the beginning of it.