Kolkata: Forward Bloc leader and former Food minister Paresh Adhikari joined Trinamool Congress on Friday. The party’s flag was handed over to Adhikari by Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee at Trinamool Bhavan, in presence of state Backward Classes Welfare minister Rajib Banerjee.”Adhikari had spoken with our party supremo Mamata Banerjee and had expressed his interest to join our party and be a part of the all-round development of Bengal under her leadership. She has agreed to induct Adhikari and today (Friday) he is officially becoming a member of our party,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to Chatterjee, Adhikari will work alongside Udayan Guha for strengthening the party’s organisational strength in North Bengal. Guha, who was a Forward Bloc MLA from Dinhata in Cooch Behar, had joined Trinamool Congress in 2016, before the Assembly elections.”Adhikari is a well-known figure in the politics in North Bengal and will play an important role in development of the state and maintaining unity among the people,” Chatterjee maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The people of Cooch Behar have been gripped by a sense of fear over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue in Assam. Our Chief Minister is working against NRC. So I felt that the time is ripe to join her hands in this matter,” Adhikari said, when asked about the reason of his joining the party.Adhikari is a four time MLA from Mekhliganj in Cooch Behar and had won on Forward Bloc’s ticket in 1991, 2001, 2006 and 2011. He was the Food minister under the Left regime from 2006 to 2011. He lost to Arghya Roy Pradhan of Trinamool in the 2016 Assembly polls.