Mamata Banerjee Disowns Younger Brother After He Opposes TMC's Pick From Howrah

Mamata Banerjee Disowns Younger Brother After He Opposes TMC's Pick From Howrah

"I am displeased with the selection of the candidate for the Howrah Lok Sabha seat. Prasun Banerjee is not the suitable choice. Many qualified candidates were overlooked," he expressed.

Aritra SinghaUpdated: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 08:10 PM IST
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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday had publicly snapped all ties with her youngest sibling Babun Banerjee after he thought of finding an ‘option’ to contest the upcoming general elections from Howrah constituency against Trinamool Congress (TMC)s sitting MP and candidate Prasun Banerjee. Addressing the media, in North Bengal’s Siliguri without taking her brother’s name said that not just her but the entire family will snap all ties with him.

“I don’t believe in dynasty politics. He has forgotten how he was raised as when he was only two and a half years old our father passed away. I used to earn only Rs. 45 and ran my family. I and my family, not just blood relations but also my Ma Mati Manush family is also disowning him. He should not associate his name with my name,” said Mamata.

Incidentally, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) always accused TMC of playing ‘dynasty’ politics after her nephew and Diamond Harbor MP Abhishek Banerjee became a popular face in TMC.

Notably, among Mamata’s five brothers and two sisters, Babun is the youngest brother and he gradually became a prominent face in the sports arena after TMC came to power in 2011. Babun is presently the president of the West Bengal chapter of the Indian Olympic Association and vice-president of the Mohun Bagan Football Club.

In a U-turn after being disowned, Babun said, the news of his joining BJP is fake and also that he is with ‘Didi’. Earlier this day, Babun had shown his ‘conflict’ with the official TMC candidate Prasun Banerjee and said that the candidate selection was not ‘correct’.

“Several capable leaders were denied ticket for Prasun. I cannot forget the slams he hurled at me during the AGM of Mohun Bagan football club. He (Prasun) is not popular within the people of Howrah. 2019 elections went by, 2021 Assembly elections went and now 2024. There is someone who is refraining in the process of getting a ticket to contest the poll,” Babun was heard stating also suggesting that he might contest the election from Howrah as an independent candidate.

Babun has recently also shifted as a voter of Howrah from Kolkata. It can be recalled that in 2022 January during the Covid 19 pandemic, Babun was slammed by Mamata in public for ‘roaming around with a Covid case at home’.

Apart from Babun, another brother of Mamata Banerjeee, Kartick Banerjee is also in TMC but is not that popular. Another brother Amit Banerjee’s son is Abhishek Banerjee who is the second in command of TMC and apart from being the national secretary of the party is the sitting MP and candidate from Diamond Harbour constituency.

Apart from Mamata, her two brothers and her nephew, Mamata’s one of the sister-in-laws, Kajari Banerjee is a councillor of a ward under Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The rest of the members of Banerjee family are not into politics.

Hitting at the TMC, BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar said, “We all know that Mamata Banerjee is a liar. But we didn’t know she had lied within her family. It was clear that her brother was promised a ticket thrice but was denied.” State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury added that the ‘rift’ within the family is clear.

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