Calcutta, Dec. 13: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today met aggrieved labour leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and apparently told him that he “should not have gone public on party affairs”.
“You should not have gone public on party affairs. Instead of going public, you should have raised your problems at the party forum,” a source quoted Mamata as telling Chattopadhyay at the meeting held in Speaker Biman Banerjee’s chamber around 3pm.
Chattopadhyay had criticised the party leadership after he was assaulted at Calcutta University allegedly by a rival INTTUC faction on November 27.
Chattopadhayay’s meeting with Mamata came four days after he publicly alleged that “a section of party people involved with syndicates and extortion is ringing Mamata Banerjee for their personal gains”.
Sources said Speaker Banerjee and industries minister Partha Chatterjee were present at today’s meeting.
The sources said Chattopadhyay requested Mamata to “publicly condemn” the assault on him. “But Mamata remained silent,” a source said.
Asked if he was pulled up by the Trinamul chief for speaking against the leadership, Chattopadhayay refused comment. “We discussed many things,” he said.
The veteran leader had on several occasions expressed his wish to meet Mamata to air his grievances.