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Somen to rejoin Cong in January

Somen Mitra

Calcutta, Dec. 29: Trinamul MP Somen Mitra today said he would “formally rejoin” the Congress on January 21 and termed his decision to do so a “homecoming”.

“I have made up my mind to formally rejoin my parent organisation (the Congress) on January 21 after putting in my papers before the Lok Sabha Speaker on January 15,” Mitra, the Trinamul MP from Diamond Harbour, said today.

“My homecoming to my parent organisation after a short stint in Trinamul would mark a fresh chapter in my long political career. I will start work from Day One to rebuild the Congress and make it a viable alternative force in Bengal before the Lok Sabha polls,” the 68-year-old leader said.

AICC sources in Delhi said Mitra had on December 24 called on Congress all-India vice-president Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary C.P. Joshi, also the central minder for Bengal, to inform them about his decision.

Despite Mitra’s resignation as Trinamul MP, there will be no bypoll to the Diamond Harbour seat because the general elections are due in six months.

Mitra, who joined Trinamul in 2008 and was later elected from Diamond Harbour on the party’s ticket, said he was quitting Trinamul after being “disappointed and disgusted with Mamata Banerjee’s party”.

Both Mitra and his wife Sikha, the Trinamul MLA from Chowringhee, have of late criticised the ruling party. Sikha has been suspended for alleged anti-party comments.

The Trinamul leadership, however, did not attach much importance to Mitra’s return to the Congress.

“Mamatadi has remained silent all through these months despite knowing that Somenda was in talks with the Congress. This is how we regard people like Somenda,” said a Trinamul general secretary. “If he leaves our organisation, we have several efficient persons to win the Diamond Harbour seat,” he added.