Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s son, Abhijit Mukherjee has expressed a desire to return to the Congress which he left to join the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in 2021.

Mukherjee who was a MP from Jangipur Lok Sabha seat said, “After joining the TMC, I got no such assignments. Their work culture didn’t match with that of the Congress at all.”

“I thought enough is enough. So, after coming back to Delhi senior leaders (from Congress) asked me indirectly why am I lying low. They told me to be active. I sought time from senior high command, maybe I would be able to meet them in a day or two. If they ask me to join immediately, I would do it. I am absolutely free and ready to contribute. If Congress accepts me, definitely. I am being marginalised currently but I don’t want to stir any controversy” he said.

Mukherjee further said that in 2019 he lost the polls while contesting from the Congress and he was marginalised so he had left the Congress and joined TMC.

“I lost the elections in 2019 due to reasons that I know but won’t be able to say out loud. High Command knows it too. For 2.5 years I carried out whatever assignment was given to me by the Congress. But they didn’t give me enough assignments, whatever may be the reason. I was gradually marginalised by a particular person, a particular group. In the meantime, Mamata Didi called me back as I had sought time from her. I met them and they offered me to join them. I had urged CM Mamata Banerjee to name a street in the name of my father and there are a lot of parks in Kolkata. I had urged the CM to name a park in my father’s name but no such action was taken,” Mukherjee said.

He further said that in 2021 the number of seats of CPI (M) had reduced to zero in the Vidhan Sabha.

“In Bengal, I did not want to join the CPI (M). I had decided that if TMC does not give me any place then I will fight alone. By contesting alone I may get less seats but I will get more vote percent,” Mukherjee said. (ANI)

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Published: 19 Jun 2024, 02:13 PM IST


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