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Sovan Chatterjee at Didi’s door, hints at return to TMC

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FORMER KOLKATA mayor Sovan Chatterjee on Wednesday met Chief Minister and TMC chairperson Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat,sparking speculation about his return to the ruling party.

Chatterjee, who was accompanied by his friend Baisakhi Banerjee to ‘Nabanna’, avoided a direct reply to questions about his next move and told mediapersons that he would follow the directions of “Mamata di”.

“Mann obhimaner pala sesh (There are no more hard feelings),” he told mediapersons. “I always think that my duty is to carry out the directives of Mamata Banerjee.”

Since the 2019 Lok Sabha election, several heavyweight leaders such as Mukul Roy, Sovan Chatterjee, Suvendu Adhikari, Arjun Singh, Dinesh Trivedi, Rajib Banerjee, Sabyasachi Dutta, Soumitra Khan and many other leaders resigned from the TMC and joined the BJP. But after the TMC’s victory in 2021 Assembly election, many of these leaders have returned to the TMC.

Just a month after the Assembly polls, Mukul Roy returned to the TMC. Subsequently, former minister Rajib Banerjee, former Bidhannagar mayor Sabyasachi Dutta, MLA Biswajit Das, Krishna Kalyani and many other leaders again expressed their faith in Mamata Banerjee and joined the TMC.

Former Union minister and BJP MP Babul Supriyo also resigned from the BJP and joined TMC. Last month, Arjun Singh rejoined his old party (TMC).

Sovan Chatterjee is considered a long-time confidant of Mamata Banerjee. He was elected as councillor in Kolkata
Corporation in 1985. After that, he was, for six times, elected as councillor in the Kolkata Municipal corporation.
He was also elected as Mayor in 2010.

After the Narada sting operation scandal and disproportionate asset case, Chatterjee gradually became cornered in the TMC. In 2018 he resigned as Kolkata Mayor and joined the BJP the next year. In 2021, he quit the BJP along with his friend Baisakhi Banerjee, citing unhappiness over not getting assembly election ticket in a place of his choosing.

After that, he has mostly stayed away from active politics.

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