18 C
New Delhi
Friday 22 November 2019
India Sovan Chatterjee, whom Mamata Banerjee rebuked, joins BJP

Sovan Chatterjee, whom Mamata Banerjee rebuked, joins BJP

The former mayor of Kolkata had become an object of ridicule in Bengal when CM Mamata Banerjee harangued him for his extramarital relationship

-

- Advertisment -

Subscribe to our newsletter

You will get all our latest news and articles via email when you subscribe

The email despatches will be non-commercial in nature
Disputes, if any, subject to jurisdiction in New Delhi

Kolkata: Former Kolkata mayor and Trinamool MLA Sovan Chatterjee joined the BJP on Wednesday. Chatterjee, a former minister of the Mamata Banerjee government, joined the party in the presence of its senior West Bengal leader Mukul Roy and its general secretary Arun Singh. His friend, Baishaki Banerjee, who is a leader of the Trinamool education cell, also joined the saffron party. Welcoming Chatterjee, Roy said he was one of those leaders who has made a big contribution to Banerjee’s rise to the post of the chief minister. “He will now strengthen the BJP… Let me repeat that Trinamool will not even get the status of the opposition party,” Roy said.

Sovan Chatterjee had grabbed headlines for a wrong reason when he was with the Trinamool government. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had once summoned him, seeking an explanation for no progress in his work. When he tried to convince the chief minister that he was working fine, Banerjee had retorted, “How could you? You have been busy looking for earrings for your girlfriend!”

That ‘girlfriend’ referred to professor Baisakhi Banerjee with whom Chatterjee is rumoured to have had a relationship outside his marriage with Ratna Chatterjee. His father-in-law Dulal Das (himself the councillor of a ward, Maheshtala) openly accused him of continuing brazenly with the “illicit” relationship.

The Trinamool dispensation had asked Chatterjee in November 2018 to step down as the city mayor. He was asked also to relinquish the posts of housing and fire services minister in the Mamata Banerjee Cabinet.

But Chatterjee would have none of it. He would say during the Budget session of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, “I demand the kind of treatment Porus had demanded of Alexander. Stick to administrative issues; don’t tread on my personal life.”

Six Trinamool MLAs and one each of Congress and CPI(M) have switched over to the BJP since the results of Lok Sabha elections were announced in May, with the saffron party wooing rival party leaders to bolster its strength in the run-up to the next Assembly polls in the state due in 2021.

The BJP made deep inroads in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls by winning 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats, just four less than the Trinamool.

The Trinamool, which received a jolt by Chatterjee’s defection, said it will expel him from the party, according to sources. According to senior Trinamool leader, efforts were on to bring back Chatterjee to the party fold, who had taken a sabbatical from active politics since last year due to personal reasons. “He will be expelled from the Trinamool. The party is yet to make a final announcement,” a senior Trinamool leader said on condition of anonymity.

Leave a Reply

Opinion

Anil Ambani: From Status Of Tycoon To Insolvency

Study the career of Anil Ambani, and you will get a classic case of decisions you ought not take as a businessman and time you better utilise

तवलीन सिंह, यह कैसा स्वाभिमान?

‘जिस मोदी सरकार का पांच साल सपोर्ट किया उसी ने मेरे बेटे को देश निकाला दे दिया,’ तवलीन सिंह ने लिखा। क्या आपने किसी क़ीमत के बदले समर्थन किया?

Rafale: One Embarrassment, One Snub For Opposition

Supreme Court accepts Rahul Gandhi's apology for attributing to it his allegation, rejects the review petition challenging the Rafale verdict

Guru Nanak Jayanti: What First Sikh Guru Taught

While Guru Nanak urged people to 'nām japo, kirat karo, vand chhako', he stood for several values while he also fought various social evils

Muhammed Who Inconvenienced Muslims

Archaeologist KK Muhammed had earlier got on the nerves of the leftist intelligentsia for exposing their nexus with Islamic extremists
- Advertisement -

Elsewhere

व्यापम घोटाला मामले में 12 जालसाज़ों, 7 बिचौलियों सहित 31 दोषी

व्यापम घोटाले में MPPEB के ज़रिए कथित तौर पर अयोग्य उम्मीदवारों को राजकीय व्यावसायिक कॉलेजों में प्रवेश दिया गया और सरकारी नौकरियां भी दी गईं

Shah: Congress stalled Ram Mandir, we’ll make a grand one

Devoting a large part of his election speech to the issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Amit Shah also tried to woo the tribal population

Naval guns, 13 for Rs 7,100 crore, from US to India

The Mk 45 naval guns are designed for use against surface warships, anti-aircraft and shore bombardment to support amphibious operations

BJD to be rewarded, but what’s cooking with NCP?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not praise any section of the opposition by accident; the appreciation of the BJD and NCP indicated a deal

Electoral bonds akin to institutionalising corruption: INC

Objecting to the introduction of electoral bonds by the government, INC MP Manish Tewari based his speech largely on a HuffPost report

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

For fearless journalism

%d bloggers like this: