The Hush Post: Senior journalist and two-time Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra has quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is all set to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC) Party.
Mitra, who was considered close to LK Advani, is believed to have been sidelined under the Modi-Shah leadership.
The two-time Rajya Sabha MP submitted his resignation but there was no official confirmation on whether BJP chief Amit Shah has accepted it. Mitra was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2003 and 2016.
In 2014, Mitra was the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Hooghly but he lost to a Trinamool Congress candidate.
As per The Print, In a first-person account of his experiences of contesting the elections, Mitra refers to his nomination as “accidental,” describing how he sought the advice from “his friend” Arun Jaitley about whether or not he should “take the plunge”.
The day after the decision was made, he also sought the blessings of then party president Rajnath Singh and Advani.
While Mitra was a prominent face of the BJP in Delhi circles, he did not shy away from criticising the party from time to time.