Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) leadership is yet to take any decision on the homecoming of former party leaders, who switched over to the BJP ahead of the recently held assembly elections. Top TMC sources said that Chief Minister and party president Mamata Banerjee will take a decision on the return of Trinamool people who have gone to BJP.
Political experts believe that the party will return a very few leaders, so that before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, a message can be sent to the party workers that rebellion will not be tolerated. A Trinamool leader, requesting anonymity, said, ‘‘On this issue the top leadership can take the final call.’’
He said, ‘‘We are currently battling the covid-19 pandemic and arranging relief operations after Cyclone Yas.’’
These leaders have expressed regret for joining BJP
Several former MLAs, including Trinamool Congress leaders Dipendu Biswas and Sonali Guha, have written letters in the last few days expressing their regret for joining the BJP. He has expressed his desire to return to the Trinamool Congress. Sonali, who was once close to Mamata Banerjee, made an emotional appeal on camera, demanding an apology from the Chief Minister.
Sonali, a four-time MLA from Satgachia in South 24 Parganas, wrote in a letter that just as a fish cannot live outside the water, didi, “I will not be able to live without you.”
Speculation is also going on about the possible homecoming of one of the founders of Trinamool Congress, Mukul Roy, who is a Rajya Sabha member of BJP. Recently, Mamta Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek went to a hospital in the city to know about Roy’s wife and spoke to her son.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called Roy to inquire about his wife’s health. Mukul Roy is trying to quell the speculation of a return to the Trinamool Congress, but the market for speculation is still hot as Banerjee said that Roy’s behavior is not so bad.
Chief Minister Banerjee had called the rebel leaders Mir Jafar during the election campaign. Now the Trinamool Congress can selectively make the leaders return home.
Rajat Roy, a member of the Calcutta Research Group and a well-known political analyst, said that the aim would be to weaken the BJP organizationally, but at the same time it would not make all the leaders return home so that the message of strictness would also be sent to the rebels.