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Abhijit Mukherjee, Pranab Mukherjee’s Son and Former Congress MP, Likely to Join TMC

Former Congress MP and late president Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee is all set to join Trinamool Congress today, sources said on Monday.

Late President Pranab Mukherjee (middle) with his son Abhijit Mukherjee (left) and daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee (right). (Source: @ABHIJIT_LS /Twitter)

New Delhi: Former Congress MP and late president Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee is all set to join Trinamool Congress today, sources said on Monday. According to Bengal’s Anand Bazaar Patrika, the Trinamool has called a press conference late Monday afternoon, where the announcement is likely to be made.

According to local reports Trinamool MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay and party secretary-general Perth Chatterjee and other prominent leaders will be joining the press meet in Kolkata on Monday.

Abhijit Mukherjee has been in talks with the Trinamool party members for the past month and has been seen voicing his support to Mamata Banerjee in the fake vaccination row on social media handles.

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The former Congress MP from Jangipur has also extended his support to TMC’s latest win in West Bengal assembly polls, while sharply criticising Modi-government in the centre, alleging use of money to lure Bengali voters, hinting at his slant towards Mamata’s party in Bengal. His statements have widened the gap between West Bengal Congress unit leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

His proximity with TMC coupled with the increasing friction with Chowdhury fuelled the rumours that Abhijit Mukherjee may finally shift to TMC.

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Abhijit Mukherjee was in the news after he stopped a publisher from publishing his father and former president Pranab Mukherjee’s memoirs in December 2020.

A small excerpt from the memoir ‘The Presidential Years’ was released by Rupa Publications in December 2020 and was widely reported in the media. Pranab Mukherjee, who was President from 2012 to 2017, died in August 2020.

The publication had said that the memoir will be released in 2021. The small excerpt contained Pranab Mukherjee’s views on the party’s drubbing in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and had critical views on the handling of the Congress party and the government by Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Abhijit and his sister Sharmistha Mukherjee sparred over the publication of his last memoir which is slated for release in January 2021.

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