Kolkata: Sk Abdul Kalam, the acting West Bengal unit president of AIMIM, joined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday along with several other members of the Asaduddin Owaisi-led party, months ahead of the assembly elections.
Joining the TMC at its headquarters in Kolkata, Kalam said there has been an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in West Bengal for several years and he switched sides to keep the “poisonous air” at bay.
“We have seen that West Bengal used to be an oasis of peace. But of late, the air has become poisonous and this has to be set right. That is why I decided to join the Trinamool Congress,” he told reporters.
The AIMIM leader and his followers joined the TMC in presence of senior party leader and state minister Chandrima Bhattacharya.
Kalam said AIMIM should have tried to foray into West Bengal in the past and seeking a political entry at this point of time will not be proper.
“It will lead to unnecessary cutting into votes, which is not desired at…