Cricketer Manoj Tiwary, Sayoni Ghosh,other Bengali film stars join TMC ahead of assembly polls

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Kolkata: Cricketer Manoj Tiwary and three Bengali film stars joined the Trinamool Congress in presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday.

Actors Raj Chakraborty, Kanchan Mullick, Sayoni Ghosh also joined Mamata Banerjee’s party ahead of the assembly election in West Bengal.

“I’m (a) cricketer, who has (to) uphold the flag of India. The love I got was not dissected by Hindus or Muslims but (by) Indians,” India Today quoted Tiwary as saying.

“BJP is trying to divide us communally, that is why Mamata is trying to fight in a secular way. This logo of grassroots is secular,” he added.

Ahead of his political debut, Tiwary had tweeted a link to his political profile on Instagram, stating that “a new journey” will begin today. His Instagram bio reads as ‘Politician, AITMC’.

Tiwary has played for the Indian cricket team in the One-Day International and T20 formats. He currently represents domestic cricket in Bengal and has played for various Indian Premier League teams including Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, and Rising Pune Supergiants.

After meetings with Prashant Kishor’s Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), which is handling the TMC’s campaign for the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections, Tiwary met Mamata Banerjee to seal the deal.

Meanwhile, Mamata’s rally at the Dunlop Ground in Hooghly happened within 48 hours of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s event at the same venue.

As assembly elections nearing in West Bengal, various celebrities have recently joined both TMC and the Opposition BJP, bolstering its chances of winning the upcoming polls. The West Bengal Assembly with 294 seats will go to polls in April-May 2021, Trinamool holds 222 seats at present.

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