BJP MP Saumitra Khan

In another interesting twist to the BJP-TMC saga ahead of West Bengal elections, Sujata Mondal Khan, the wife of BJP MP Saumitra Khan, was served divorce notice moments after she joined the ruling TMC on Monday.

On Monday afternoon, Sujata was inducted to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the presence of senior leader and MP Saugata Roy and dramatic visuals of her waving the ‘Jora Phool’ (grass flower) flag went viral. Addressing the press, she said, “I have decided to join the TMC because of the BJP’s dirty politics. They are luring political leaders from other parties by showing them a wonderland. They were told that they will get plum posts and some were given assurances of becoming the chief minister.”

Shortly after Sujata Mondal Khan joined the TMC, her husband Saumitra Khan said “politics had ended my marriage”.

Saumitra Khan, a former TMC leader, won the 2014 parliamentary election from the Bishnupur constituency and is chief of BJP’s youth wing Yuva Morcha. His wife Sujata was credited with his win in last year’s national election when he was barred by a court from entering his constituency as a condition for bail in a criminal case. She ran his campaign single-handedly and he won.

Sujata Khan was also a BJP member and claimed she did not get acknowledgement in the BJP though she took many risks to ensure her husband’s win.

“I want to breathe. I want respect. I want to be an able leader of an able party. I want to work with my beloved Didi,” the former teacher told reporters today. She complained that “newly inducted, misfit and corrupt leaders” were getting more importance in the BJP – an allusion to the TMC rebels who have recently defected to the BJP.

“Despite enduring physical attacks, sacrificing so much to get my husband elected to Parliament, I got nothing in return,” she alleged.



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