Jagannath Sarkar and Nisith Pramanik, both members of the BJP in the Lok Sabha, issued their resignations from the West Bengal assembly on Wednesday.
Speaker Biman Banerjee received resignation letters from Ranaghat and Cooch Behar MPs, Sarkar and Pramanik, respectively. As per the directive, Pramanik and his colleagues are resigning as MLAs.
The saffron party also ran two other Lok Sabha members, Union minister Babul Supriyo and Locket Chatterjee, as well as Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta, but they all lost. The BJP won 77 seats, while the Trinamool Congress won 213 of the 292 constituencies that went to the polls in a landslide victory. Owing to the death of two candidates, the election was called off in two seats.
They can’t be members of the Lok Sabha and the state assembly at the same time, according to Pramanik. Pramanik won by a razor-thin margin of 57 votes in the assembly election in Dinhata, beating TMC candidate Udayan Guha, while Sarkar won by a safe margin of 15,878 votes in Santipur.