West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee delivered a stern message to Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra on 8 September, asking her to mind her own business. The chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief sounded the party MP a tone of caution against meddling in the party's organisational affairs beyond her own constituency.
The awkward exchange took place at the booth-level workers' meeting in Kolkata. The two were discussing the party's position in District Nadia, which is Mahua Moitra's home turf and used to be her party seat.
Mahua Moitra was elected as the Trinamool MLA from the Karimpur constituency in District Nadia in 2016. However, in the 2019 election, she was fielded as the party candidate from the Krishnagar Lok Sabha constituency, which she went on to win.
“Karimpur is no longer Mahua’s jurisdiction. It is under Abu Taher.… He will look after it,” Mamata Banerjee was heard saying. “You look after your Lok Sabha seat and (stick to) that area,” the chief minister told the MP.
This is not the first time Mamata Banerjee rebuked Mahua Moitra's comments. In December last year, a video of an internal administrative meeting had gone viral in which she apparently scolded Mahua Moitra as she sat at the meeting, silently nodding. “Mahua, let me give you a clear message here. I do not believe in the politics of putting up a show on YouTube, paper, digital, etc,” the Bengal chief minister had told her.