Late President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee, who is a former Congress MP from West Bengal, joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday.
The former Congress MP from Jangipur was in talks with the TMC leadership for the past few weeks. Abhijit Mukherjee had also met Abhishek Banerjee in Kolkata last month.
Moments after the former Congress MP was inducted to the TMC, his sister, Sharmishtha Mukherjee, took to Twitter and wrote” “SAD!!!”.
Abhijit was welcomed into the party by TMC leader in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandopadhyay, amid chants of ‘Mamata Banerjee Zindabad!’
“Didi succeeded in halting the BJP juggernaut in West Bengal. She is the most credible secular leader in the country who can fight and defeat the communal BJP. I have left one Congress to join another. We are sure of resisting the saffron camp across India in the future,” Abhijit Mukherjee was quoted as saying.
“I don’t hanker for any post. I work as a grassroots worker and it is up to the party to decide how to use me. I did not have any post in the Congress,” Abhijit Mukherjee added.
TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee, while welcoming the former Congress MP, said the party hopes that Abhijit Mukherjee’s political acumen and sagacity will help it to ensure a “BJP-free environment” in the future.
The TMC also took to Twitter to welcome Abhijit Banerjee. The party tweeted: Warmly welcoming Shri @ABHIJIT_LS into the Trinamool family! We are certain that your contribution towards fulfilling @MamataOfficial ‘s vision for a brighter Bengal shall be valued by all.