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Gharwapsi for Barrackpore Mp Arjun Singh as he joins Tmc after leaving Bjp

It all started with the price of jute and ended with ‘gharwapsi’ for Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh. The ‘Bahubali’ leader joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before 2019 and his ‘gharwapsi’ at Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday.

Arjun’s main voting bank was the workers at the Barrackpore Jute Mill. However, as the maximum price for jute was capped at Rs 6,500 per quintal, artificial demand was generated and supply stumbled, leading to the closure of 14 jute mills.

After the 2021 Assembly election polls, sources said Singh had slowly started to realize that nothing was happening in the BJP. Moreover, he was unable to do justice to his constituency because the price of jute was capped. The BJP base there in 2019 ceased to exist.

According to experts, jute was the preferred route by which he was trying to return. The pricing issue really pinched Singh, as did the BJP’s organizational issues.

Singh began by writing to Textile Minister Piyush Goyal, after which he met him. Afterwards, sources said he was also in talks with TMC. His strategy was to pressure the BJP and remove the jute price cap and secure his vote bank.

On the other hand, after getting his vote bank and taking credit for it, his change would reap the benefits for both sides.

Sources said the BJP persuaded him in every way. The jute price cap was also removed to hold it back. Still, the BJP could not hold him back. Singh felt he couldn’t win representing the BJP.

Dilip Ghosh, Vice Chairman of the BJP, said: “Great importance has been given to him. We don’t have numbers otherwise BJP would have given CM job, now he knows what he did.

With this latest outing, experts believe the BJP should now consider how to keep its herds together.

(Edited by : Priyanka Deshpande)

First post: STI

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