Pranab Mukherjee’s Son Abhijit Mukherjee, Ex-Congress MP, Joins Trinamool Congress

Pranab Mukherjee’s Son Abhijit Mukherjee, Ex-Congress MP, Joins Trinamool Congress

The former Congress MP from Jangipur was in talks with the Trinamool leaders for the past few weeks. Last month, Abhijit Mukherjee had met TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in Kolkata. He’s expected to get a ticket to fight the Jangipur assembly seat, which is due for a bypoll.

Ending weeks of speculation, Abhijit Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee today joined the Trinamool Congress on Monday.

The former Congress MP from Jangipur was in talks with the Trinamool leaders for the past few weeks. Last month, Abhijit Mukherjee had met TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in Kolkata. He’s expected to get a ticket to fight the Jangipur assembly seat, which is due for a bypoll.

“The way Mamata Banerjee halted the recent communal wave by BJP, I believe that in the future, with the support of others, she would be able to do the same in the entire country,” said Abhijit Mukherjee while joining the TMC.

His father Pranab Mukherjee won the Jangipur parliamentary constituency in Bengal’s Murshidabad district twice as a Congress MP till he vacated it in 2012 to run for President.

The Congress, which fought the Bengal elections in partnership with the Left, was decimated. The party got zero seats; the Left too failed to win any seat.

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Rumors of Abhijit’s exit gathered pace after Jitin Prasada, Congress’s top Brahmin face in UP, jumped ship to the BJP. Earlier in June, Abhijit Mukherjee had made it clear that he won’t leave the Congress, unlike his colleague.

“I remain in the Congress and reports that I am joining Trinamool or any other party are not correct,” Mukherjee was quoted saying by news agency PTI soon after Prasada switched camps.


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