The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Squabble-stung Mamata calls meet

Calcutta, Nov. 3: Alarmed at infighting, Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has convened a meeting on November 12 to discuss the state of affairs in her beleaguered organisation.

“Mamata had earlier said that she would convene a parliamentary party meeting to discuss the party’s stand on the NDA in the next session of the Lok Sabha, beginning November 18. But desperate to stem the dissension, she rescheduled it and went for an emergency state committee meet,” said a key Trinamul functionary.

He added that Mamata’s standoffs with the MP from Calcutta North-West, Sudip Bandopadhyay, and more recently with mayor Subrata Mukherjee were likely to be discussed at the meeting.

About his “strained” relations with Mamata, Bandopadhyay evaded a straight answer but said “all is not well” in Trinamul. Sources said Mamata had stopped interacting with Bandopadhyay since he invited Union minister for communications and BJP leader Pramod Mahajan to his residence. Mamata is also upset at the way her one-time “mentor” Mukherjee behaved with the surgeon superintendent of SSKM Hospital, Deb Dwaipayan Chattopadhyay.

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