Calcutta, Nov. 5: Mamata Banerjee today turned up at the Amherst street residence of bitter foe Somen Mitra — strained relations with him had prompted her to sever ties with the Congress — to condole his father’s death.
Dhirendranath Mitra, 92, died after a protracted illness at a city clinic early this morning.
As soon as Mamata heard about Mitra’s bereavement, she, with close aides Krishna Chakraborty and Mukul Roy, rushed to the former Congress president’s house. “Somenda, I would have come earlier had I known about your father’s death,” she told Mitra before meeting his mother and other family members.
Following in Mamata’s footsteps came other Trinamul leaders, including Subrata Mukherjee, Saugata Roy, Rajib Deb, Anjan Das and Tapas Roy.
Later, at a party meeting she is said to have decided to hold a rally next February to kickstart her campaign. Attempts will be made to rope in the Prime Minister as the main speaker.