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Trinamul switch plan

Aug. 16: Bengal Youth Congress chief Saumik Hossain today said he would join Trinamul, triggering speculation on whether his father Mannan Hossain would follow suit.

“I have decided to join Trinamul but am yet to decide the date,” Saumik said, adding he felt “insulted” when state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury had proposed another leader to replace him as youth wing chief. Chowdhury denied the claim.

Two-time Murshidabad MP Mannan said he met Trinamul leader Mukul Roy in Delhi last week. “We exchanged pleasantries and discussed politics too,” Mannan said.

Mannan, who lost this time, said some Congress leaders had “ensured that votes were cast for the CPM”.