Kolkata: Trinamool has, for now, let off Sabyasachi Dutta, its MLA from Rajarhat-New Town Assembly segment in North 24-Parganas and the Mayor of Bidhannagar (Salt Lake), with a warning over his recent bonhomie with BJP leader Mukul Roy.
The party has also accused BJP of trying to deliberately create mistrust among Trinamool leaders. Dutta, on his part, has maintained that he will continue to be an active member of the Trinamool.
BJP leader Roy on 8 March turned up at Dutta’s residence at Salt Lake and spent about two hours over dinner.
This came amidst widespread rumour that Dutta will contest the Lok Sabha polls on BJP ticket to take on his Trinamool colleague Kakali Ghosh Dastidar in Barasat seat in North 24-Parganas.
Taking note of the development, Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee directed North 24-Parganas party observer Firhad Hakim to call a meeting of the district unit and take a call on the fate of Dutta.
The closed-door meeting was held at Lake Town this afternoon. Apart from Hakim, Trinamool North 24-Parganas president Jyotipriyo Mullick, and Bidhannagar MLA Sujit Bose were present.
After the meeting, they addressed a news conference. Hakim said that taking advantage of the past associations, Roy is hatched a plot to wedge a rift in Trinamool by various means, including uninvited visits.
“Though Roy dropped in uninvited, Sabyasachi has admitted that it was a mistake on his part to entertain him. We shall all have to be cautious to foil attempts by the BJP to instill mistrust amongst us,” Hakim said.
Dutta said that Roy had turned up at his residence uninvited and he accorded him a reception only as a social gesture and nothing more than this.
“I was in Trinamool and will continue to be in the Trinamool. As media persons, you people can say whatever you wish to, but I don’t need a certificate from anyone,” he said.
Contrary to Hakim’s claim, Dutta refused to admit that it was his mistake to allow Roy at his residence on 8 March evening. “What could one do if a past acquaintance suddenly drops in? Can we drive them away?” he asked.
Trinamool sources said that with the Lok Sabha elections round the corner, the party is keen to cover up any rift within and hence, Dutta has been given a long rope by the top leadership.