Since then he had taken a sabbatical from politics and his joining BJP had taken TMC by surprise.Kolkata: Sovan Chatterjee, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader who joined BJP recently, said on Tuesday that he is ready to contest against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the 2021 assembly polls if the saffron party wanted it."He (Sovan Chatterjee) had never said anything in the party forum about the panchayat polls.Banerjee represents Bhawanipur Assembly constituency and Chatterjee the Behala Purba seat in the city.He also dismissed allegations that he had switched over to the saffron camp to avoid CBI interrogations into the Laminated Aluminum foil Factory Narada tape scam.Buoyed by its performance in the Lok Sabha election when it had bagged 18 out of a total 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, only four less than the TMC, BJP leaders have been asserting that their next target is to unseat Banerjee from power in the 2021 state polls.Chatterjee and his close aide Baisakhi Banerjee were felicitated by West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh at a function here on Tuesday.
And there is huge difference between being accused and proven guilty..Chatterjee, who was once a trusted lieutenant of the TMC supremo, mocked her and the partys leadership for appointing poll strategist Prashant Kishor to revive its prospects in the next assembly polls. He has gone to BJP and is giving lame excuses," he said.Banerjee is known to have played a key role in shaping Sovan Chatterjees political career, which like her had begun in the Youth Congress and he had reached the top echelons of the TMC. I will do whatever my party asks me to do.Chatterjee said even during his days in the TMC he had raised his voice in the party over the way the panchayat polls were conducted in the state in 2018.Reacting to the ridicule, TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said Sovan Chatterjee has forgotten the contributions of Mamata Banerjee in shaping his political career. Nothing has been proved as of now".Banerjee was the president of the Trinamool Congress Professors cell who had joined the saffron party along with him on August 14 in New Delhi. But the contractor will not be able to save the sinking ship of TMC," he said.He was asked by the chief minister to resign from his post as both minister and mayor in November 2018 following problems in his personal life. Now TMC is doing the same thing - appointing a contractor (Kishore) to revive its poll prospects.He had in the past been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI in connection with the Narada scam.Chatterjee is a four-time MLA of the TMC and had been a two-time mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation besides being a minister.After TMCs stupendous victory in the 2016 assembly polls, Chatterjee, who was then the Kolkata mayor, was rewarded the most by the TMC supremo and given the charge of three crucial departments.
If they ask me to contest against Mamata Banerjee in next election I will do so," he said at his first press conference at the state BJP headquarters.Mocking TMC for appointing Kishor, he said "As a mayor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation I used to appoint contractors for various jobs.Asked by scribes whether he had switched over to BJP to avoid being interrogated in the Narada tape scam, Chatterjee said "All of you should remember that it (the scam) is subjudice."There had been allegations of rampant violence and malpractices.