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Somen won’t forget Cong

Calcutta, Nov. 13: Trinamul MP Somen Mitra is learnt to have said at a public event today that the Congress was his “parent party” and he would “never be able to forget” it.

The comments attributed to Mitra by Burrabazar Congress chief Santosh Pathak came four months after Mitra and his wife Sikha were censured by Trinamul for attending a state Congress event. Sikha had hinted that the government’s performance was not up to the mark.

“Congress hochche aamader pitrishakti (the Congress is our parent party). That is why we cannot forget the Congress,” Pathak quoted the Trinamul MP from Diamond Harbour as telling a gathering after inaugurating a Kali puja in Burrabazar on Sunday.

Mitra, who defected to Trinamul in 2009, could not be contacted tonight. Sikha, the Trinamul MLA from Chowringhee, said: “I think my husband has said the right thing.”

Asked if Mitra’s presence at a puja organised by Congress leader Pathak would anger Trinamul, she said: “One has to say what is true about the Congress, regardless of what others think about it.”

Mitra and Sikha had been rapped by Trinamul after the Diamond Harbour MP visited Bidhan Bhavan, the state Congress headquarters, on July 1 for a seminar on B.C. Roy’s birth anniversary.

Apparently referring to Mamata Banerjee’s repeated references to the state’s empty coffers, Sikha had said: “Once you are in the chair, you have to work. Taka nei, taka nei bolle chole na (saying there is no money doesn’t help). People will not listen to it. They want performance.”

A Trinamul general secretary said tonight: “Somenda should keep in mind that we (Trinamul) have broken ties with the Congress. He should not have made such comments.”

State Congress leaders saw “signs of homecoming” in Mitra’s comments. “Congress workers are confident of Somenda’s homecoming,” a state leader said.