With the dates of the general elections announced on Sunday, speculations that top Congress leaders from Bengal might join the saffron camp arose and Deepa Das Munshi wife of late former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Das Munshi was expected to be one of them.
Deepa Das, while talking to media on Tuesday, quashed the claims, she said that she is not joining BJP and is still with the Congress party.
Earlier, reports had suggested that Deepa could join the saffron party, following the state Congress’ decision of not to contest her from Raigunj seat.
Deepa Das Munshi had won elections from here in 2009, but in 2014 she lost out to CPI (M) leader Mohammed Salim. Congress’ decision to not contest from the Raigunj seat as a gesture to sitting CPM MP Md. Salim was seen as the bone of contention.
Deepa Das Munshi is the wife of late former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who died of a massive stroke November 2017, following a nine year period of comma.
The Election Commission of India on Sunday evening had announced dates for Lok Sabha Elections 2019, which would commence from April 11 to May 19, with the counting of votes on May 23. Voting for the Lok Sabha Elections will take place in seven phases across the country to decide on the 543 names which will go to the Lower House of the Parliament.
Elections in West Bengal are among the most stretched out, with polls taking place across seven phases.