Former Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and BJP MLA in West Bengal Ashok Lahiri has put to rest speculations about joining the Trinamool Congress (TMC), saying he is only a “constructive critic”. He said that if the Mamata Banerjee government asks for any advice from him, he will definitely give it, but it does not mean that he will leave the BJP.
BJP MLA from Balurghat Ashok Lahiri told PTI, “I am not Mukul. People have chosen me on BJP ticket. We are in opposition and I have already said that I will work as constructive opposition.” “
Eminent economist Lahiri said, “If the chief minister needs any advice from me, I will certainly help him for the benefit of the people, but as a BJP MLA.”
Let us inform that the BJP state unit had a meeting with its North Bengal MLAs in Siliguri this month, but five MLAs were absent from the meeting. Before the meeting, two MLAs had informed the party about their absence. The absence of the rest three had heated up the rumours of joining TMC. There was also an Ashok Lahiri in this, there were rumors of him joining TMC too, but now he himself has termed these things as rumours.
“There has been no request from Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and her fellow economist and state finance minister Amit to join the Trinamool Congress,” Lahiri said.
He said, “As an opposition MLA, my job is and will remain to highlight the issues of the people. While as an economist he helps the state of West Bengal on technical matters after helping various states on financial matters. ready to give.
Asked about former BJP vice-president Mukul Roy, who returned to the Trinamool Congress after winning the assembly elections on a BJP ticket, Lahiri said, “I am not sure whether he is from the Trinamool Congress or the BJP.”