Somen Mitra may quit TMC after Kali Puja

Sep 25 2013, 03:03 IST
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SummarySources said the party is ready to serve a notice to Ghosh and senior leaders said his departure is now a matter of time.

Dissident Trinamool MPs are giving final shape to an exit plan that could see massive churning right down the grassroots level in the party after the forthcoming Durga Puja season.

Trinamool Lok Sabha MP and former state Congress president Somen Mitra, who is expected to lead the charge, said Tuesday he was awaiting the culmination of the Durga Puja and the Kali Puja to make his move. His departure is expected to open up an exit route for other MPs and a number of MLAs in the election season. Congress has been openly issuing invitation to disgruntled TMC leaders.

“I hear the leadership (Mamata Banerjee) is serving show-cause notices to many MPs. Why can’t they serve a show-cause notice to me? I’m waiting for the Kali Puja to be over, after which I will take my decision,” Mitra told The Indian Express.

Another disgruntled MP, Kunal Ghosh, who is being questioned by the Kolkata Police in the chit funds scam as he was associated with the media arm of the finance company Sharadha Group, has been issuing statements that are being regarded as veiled threats to expose the involvement of some top leaders of the party in the scam.

“While I don’t want to embarrass the party, I might be constrained to reveal something in the probe because the line of questioning I’m facing from police often gets to the point of discomfort,” he told The Indian Express Tuesday.

Sources said the party is ready to serve a notice to Ghosh and senior leaders said his departure is now a matter of time.

Mitra, a veteran in state politics, he has been facing rough weather in Mamata’s party through the treatment meted out to his wife and party MLA Shikha Mitra, who had gone public more than once against Mamata’s “undemocratic” ways of running the party. The TMC leadership has been threatening to serve Shikha Mitra with a show-cause notice and suspend her.

For Mamata, the process to expel Somen Mitra, still considered a political force to reckon with, especially in the old Congress cadre, is expected to be not without some collateral damage.

Sources said the leadership believes that unlike other disgruntled MPs, like Kabir Suman and Dinesh Trivedi, Mitra’s departure could actually harm the party, especially in Kolkata and parts of South 24 Pargana districts.

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