Calcutta, Dec. 1: Aggrieved Trinamul leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay today visited Mamata Banerjee’s Kalighat home but the chief minister apparently spoke to him over phone from another room as she was “busy”.
Labour leader Chattopadhyay, who was allegedly heckled by members of a rival faction of the INTTUC at Calcutta University on Tuesday, waited in a room for more than 20 minutes before Mamata called him up on his cellphone.
“She told Chattopadhyay that she was busy and could not meet him. She wished him well and told him that she would speak to him after returning from Purulia and Bankura (on Tuesday),” a close aide of the chief minister said. Mamata will leave for the districts tomorrow.
The Trinamul sources said Mamata was unhappy with Chattopadhyay for speaking in public about his grievances. She, however, had spoken to him over phone yesterday, too.
Earlier today, industries minister Partha Chatterjee called up Chattopadhyay and asked him to meet him in the Assembly. Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee was also present at the meeting. The ministershad been deputed by Mamata to placate Chattopadhyay, party sources said.
The sources said Chattopadhyay told the ministers he was “hurt” that no action was taken against those who had dragged him by the collar and heckled him. The veteran leader had earlier said he would consider leaving the party if no action was taken.
“Chattopadhyay today told Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Mukherjee that if the leadership kept mum, other senior leaders could face similar attacks. He said party discipline should not be breached,” a Trinamul source said.
All three leaders refused comment. “I am not going to say anything,” Chattopadhyay told reporters after coming out of Mamata’s home. The chief minister had skipped Writers’ today. The Trinamul sources said Chattopadhyay had not taken an appointment to meet the chief minister.
In the afternoon, Chattopadhyay attended a private programme at a city hotel where the guests included state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya and CPM leader Mohammad Salim.