West Bengal

Bidhanagar Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta reappears at TMC meeting despite protests

Kolkata, 3 May (HS): The sudden presence of Sabyasachi Dutta, the controversial Mayor of Bidhanagar and Trinamool Congress legislator from IT hub Rajarhat, at an election rally of Chief minister Mamata Banerjee here last evening, has raised several questions within the ruling party about his present stand and future in politics in the midst of an unprecedented political tug of war with BJP.
Dutta who, recently, was in the centre of a huge political storm within the ruling party after meeting senior BJP leader Mukul Roy at his Newtown residence and offering him a sumptuous breakfast, surprised every body present at the rally along with several top party leaders, by attending the election meeting of the Chief minister.
Though a section of party workers repeatedly shouted ‘Go back Sabyasachi Dutta’ slogans as soon as he arrived at the venue of the meeting, the Chief minister after concluding her nearly 45 minute long speech was seen taking to him separately in a very cordial manner on the dais.The details of Dutta’s nearly three minute long talks with the Chief minister and party supremo was not known, it was obvious that in spite of generating a huge division within the party, he continued to remain close to Banerjee as before (his meeting with Mukul Roy).
But interestingly though the Chief minister had a brief conversation with Dutta on the dais,none of his party colleagues and legislators talked to him despite sitting barely a few feet away from him during the entire meeting. It may be recalled that the possibility of Dutta joining BJP after his hour long meeting with Mukul Roy at his residence over breakfast suddenly became very bright as, in spite of being a dominant leader in the party and considered to be a close confidant of the party supremo and several other leaders, he was seen deliberately distancing himself from the party since February this year.
Moreover, since his meeting with Roy, Dutta was barely seen at any political rally of TMC, political observers here say and claimed that it was only a matter of time before he changed his political allegiance from TMC to BJP like some others.
Though Dutta did not make any such commitment (of joining BJP) and even apologized in presence of TMC North 24 Parganas District President Jyotipriya Mallick and promised that he would continue to remain a loyal worker of TMC, very few people believed his plea.
Incidentally, the Chief minister who is also known for her strict stance against anti party activities and never spared anyone from expulsion, however, remained silent on the issue of Dutta. Even today she did not utter a single word against Dutta and spent the entire speech criticizing the Prime minister and his party before talking to Dutta separately in a very gentle manner. This has once again generated more confusion within the party about the real intension of Dutta and the possibility of his switching over to BJP for getting a Rajya Sabha ticket from the state, as believed by a section of political observers here.
Hindusthan Samachar

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