Former Mayor Sovan Chatterjee of Kolkata and his companion Baisakhi Bandyopadhyay visited the residence of the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee today. This has fueled speculation about Chatterjee’s likely return to the Trinamool Congress (TMC). He had quit TMC and joined BJP in 2019.
Today’s encounter was Mr Chatterjee’s second encounter with the TMC supremo this year.
Speaking about today’s visit to Ms Banerjee’s residence, Mr Chatterjee said: “I have met Mamata Banerjee and it cannot be said that politics has not been discussed. Whatever happens, it will be according to her word.”
Later, when she left the Bengal Chief Minister’s residence, Ms Bandyopadhyay said: “Sovan received bhai-phonta (Bhai Dooj) from Mamata didic and he is always pampered by didic. She treats Sovan like a brother. I’m glad their personal relationship is still strong. didic has always seen him as an active politician and she has always advised him to stay active.”
She added: “There was a misunderstanding in between, but that’s over now. I think Sovan should get back to active politics.”
After joining BJP, Mr. Chatterjee had expected a big role and a clumsy position in the party, but that didn’t happen. In 2021, he left the BJP along with his girlfriend, Ms Bandyopadhyay, unhappy because he had not been given a ticket of his choice for the parliamentary elections.
Mr Chatterjee was considered a close associate of the Bangladeshi CM until he stepped down as Mayor of Kolkata in 2018.
He had earlier in June this year met the Chief Minister at the state secretariat, ‘Nabanna’, to spark speculation about his likely return to TMC.
He was also accompanied by his girlfriend, Mrs. Bandyopadhyay, to ‘Nabanna’, although he avoided answering questions about his next political move and told reporters that he would follow ‘Mamata’s directions. di“, adding that “There are no hard feelings”.
Mr Chatterjee is a four-time TMC MLA and was elected as a councilor in Kolkata Corporation in 1985. He was elected mayor in 2010.