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Mamata Banerjee calls emergency meeting with Party leaders on January 29

by Soumadeep Bagchi

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee called an emergency meeting with party MPs, MLAs and core committee members on January 29. It is the very day Union Home minister will land in Kolkata for a two-day visit.

Speculations have already come up that more TMC legislators, including at least one former minister of the TMC supremo might shift to BJP in presence of Shah in a rally in Howrah district on January 31.

Sources in the TMC said the CM took a strong stance about the rebellious party functionaries who are expressing their discontent publicly. “The party already expelled Baishali Dalmiya, the MLA from Bally in Howrah, and served a show-cause notice to Hooghly’s Uttarpara MLA Prabir Ghoshal for issuing anti-party statements. The CM is likely to deliver a message to the MLAs and other elected representatives in the backdrop of the recent exodus,” said a senior leader of the ruling party.

Six TMC MLAs, including Suvendu Adhikari, one sitting MP, and 45 other district-level functionaries had joined the BJP at a rally in West Midnapore in presence of Shah in December. The functionaries of BJP’s Bengal chapter are claiming that Bengal is going to witness another round of large-scale defection from the TMC to the BJP in presence of the Union Home Minister in a rally scheduled to be held at Dumurjala stadium in Howrah.

Shah’s two-day Bengal visit starting from January 30 has become the most discussed issue in the circuit of Bengal’s politics as the Matuas, the Dalit followers of a Hindu religious sect comprising refugees from Bangladesh, are expecting a deadline on the implementation of the contentious CAA from the Union Home minister. On January 30, Shah is scheduled to address a rally in Thakurnagar, Bongaon, where the headquarters of Matua Mahasangha is located.

Mamata Banerjee has already addressed two rallies in Bongaon and Ranaghat, another Hindu refugee dominated pocket, and hit out at the BJP on the citizenship issue.

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