TMC Mulls Persuading Debraj Back in Party Folds


Kolkata: Trinamul has sent feelers to Debraj Chakroborty, former confidential assistant of state agriculture minister Purnendu Bose, who quit Trinamul and won Bidhannagar civic poll in Congress ticket, to return to the party fold.

Chakroborty said that he would go to the people of his ward and will do whatever they would tell him to do.

He said that after he was denied tickets by the Trinamul Congress, he was advised by the people of his ward to contest the poll in the Congress ticket and thus he approached the local Congress leader.

He said,” the people of the ward have blessed me with the votes and thus I have won the civic poll in ward number VII.’

“So if I’ve to leave the Congress for the Trinamul Congress, I’ll have to talk to the people of my ward and take their advice,’ he said.

Some party insiders feel that Debraj had done a great job by winning the election contesting against the ruling party candidate.

When asked about Debraj’s return to the party, the minister said,”he did not approach Chakroborty and neither did he have any knowledge that anyone from his party had sent feelers to him.’

On 3 October, during the poll day there was some tension in ward VII and later in the evening, he was arrested by the police on charges of causing disruption in the area. Later yesterday he was granted bail.

Party insiders said that it was Trinamul Rajya Sabha MP Dola Sen who influenced the police to arrest him though he was not directly involved in any poll violence. Party sources revealed that after returning from Bhutan, Miss Banerjee took exception of the arrest.

The state food minister and party’s North 24-Parganas district president Jyotipriya Mullick who is in Siliguri on Wednesday told The Statesman over phone: “the party is yet to take the final decision on this matter. Discussions are on regarding the return of Debraj Chakroborty in Trinamul Congress.’

Source: Statesman

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