Kolkata: Bengal BJP secretary Sabyasachi Dutta had his ghar wapsi (homecoming) on Thursday as he deflected back to TMC on the day Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took oath as an MLA. Dutta joined back in the presence of TMC state ministers Partho Chatterjee and Firhad Hakim.
After joining, Dutta told reporters, “I have been with the TMC for a long time, been a mayor and MLA everything under CM’s leadership. Yes, due to some misunderstanding in the party I left the party and went to another party. Today Mamata Banerjee once again accepted me. From today again a new journey begins for me.”
Meanwhile Partho Chatterjee told reporters, ”Sabyasachi Dutta has spoken to CM Mamata Banerjee and with her permission is joining TMC. He is returning back home. Today was CM’s oath taking ceremony. On the same day Dutta joins back into the TMC family, we accept him back and this will make the party stronger to fight against the BJP. The face that can fight against the BJP is Mamata Banerjee.”
Speculation of Dutta’s exit from BJP came after his comment on the recent Lakhimpur incident. Dutta said, “The murders of Lakhimpur should be given capital punishment. They should not be spared and despite such violence. If some think that it is a lighter incident then I have nothing to say about him.”
Dutta started his political career from Indian National Congress and later joined the All India Trinamool Congress in the late 1990s.
Sabyasachi Dutta was elected councillor in the Bidhannagar Municipality for the first time in the 2000 Municipal elections. He was re-elected in 2005 and 2010 Municipal elections. In 2011, he was elected as a Member of Legislative Assembly from Rajarhat New Town constituency.
In 2015, after the merger of several municipalities and establishment of the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, he was elected as the Mayor of the corporation. In 2016, he won for the second time as Member of Legislative Assembly. In October 2019, Dutta had joined BJP in the presence of BJP national President Amit Shah in Kolkata.