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TMC looks to bring back old guard

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress has got in touch with party leaders and workers who have distanced themselves from the party or kept themselves away from politics.

Mayor Firhad Hakim called up Sovan Chatterjee and requested him to work for the party. However, neither Hakim nor Chatterjee disclosed anything about the discussion.

Chatterjee had resigned as the state minister for Fire and Emergency Services and Housing departments on November 20, 2018. He was elected as the Mayor in 2015 for the second time. He was removed from all posts in Trinamool Congress but continues as the MLA of Behala East.

Chatterjee was kept out of the election meetings and road shows conducted by the party in South 24-Parganas. A few days ago, he was requested to join a meeting in Behala, which he turned down.

In Birbhum, Kajal Sheikh met Anubrata Mondol, district president of Trinamool Congress on Monday morning and held a meeting. Sheikh is said to be an archrival of Mondol.

It may be mentioned that though both the Trinamool candidates in Bolpur and Birbhum Asit Mal and Satabdi Roy won the Lok Sabha elections, their margins have dropped considerably.

The exercise to bring back the old guard has been taken up following instructions of party supremo Mamata Banerjee.

It may be mentioned that while addressing the press conference on Saturday, Banerjee had said that she would give more time to the party henceforth.

Political experts said after the party won in 2016, many workers from CPI(M) joined the party leading to clashes between the original Trinamool supporters and the new entrants. Many old leaders have since been sidelined or they have distanced themselves from the party.

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