Updated: August 30, 2021 3:31:56 am
Former West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra’s wife Sikha Mitra returned to the ruling Trinamool Congress on Sunday, over a year after her husband’s death.
Mitra claimed that though she resigned as a Trinamool Congress MLA in 2014 she never officially quit the party. “My husband was made the state Congress president [after he returned to Congress] but I had taken a break from active politics. I was touched by the warmth and simplicity of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She had who called me up and urged me to once again become an active TMC worker. I, therefore, decided that if I want to join active politics again then it has to be under her,” she told reporters.
TMC MP Mala Roy and the party’s Chowringhee MLA Nayna Bandyopadhyay welcomed Mitra and two local Congress leaders to the party at the Trinamool Bhavan on Sunday afternoon.
Mitra’s move to the TMC came amid differences that emerged between her, her son Rohan, and the state Congress led by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury after Somen Mitra’s death in July 2020. Rohan, who resigned as the state Congress general secretary in July, continues to remain in the grand old party.
Asked about her resignation as a TMC MLA seven years ago, Mitra said there were some differences with the TMC leadership, but added that those had been resolved.
“Mamata Banerjee had called me up after my husband died and I have always been on cordial terms with her,” she told reporters.
Ahead of the state elections, the BJP had nominated Mitra as its candidate from Chowringhee. However, she refused to contest the polls, and claimed that the Opposition party did not take her consent before nominating her. Asked about it, Mitra said, “I have always believed that the BJP is a communal party.”
Reacting to Mitra’s decision, Adhir Chowdhury, who is also the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, said, “I don’t know why Sikha Mitra left the Congress and joined the TMC. She was with the TMC earlier and had joined the Congress but now returned to the ruling party. It is her personal decision. We have always treated her with respect.” — With PTI inputs
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