Kolkata, Mar 31 : Facing a three-corner contest, Sujata Mondal, who had defected to the Mamata Banerjee-led ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections, is expected to win from Arambagh constituency in Hooghly district as she is pitted against BJP candidate Madhusudhan Bag and CPI (M) candidate Sakti Mohan Malik.
Sujata, wife of BJP MP Saumitra Khan, switched over to the TMC from the saffron camp on December last year, claiming that she did not get her due recognition even after taking several risks to get her husband elected from Bishnupur during 2019 Lok Sabha elections. She had single-handedly run the election campaign for her husband after he was barred by the court from entering his constituency as a condition for bail in a criminal case.
“Despite enduring physical attacks, sacrificing so much to get my husband elected to Parliament, I got nothing in return,” she now claimed.
She had helped her husband win last year’s Lok Sabha election after he was barred from entering his constituency.
Explaining her reason to leave the saffron party and join Mamata Banerjee, Sujata said, “I joined the party keeping in mind a political view, for respect and security, I left the BJP and joined the TMC.”
She felt unacknowledged and neglected after “sacrificing” so much for her husband.
“Now there are only opportunist and tainted people on the top. There was no respect in the BJP for me,” Sujata said.
“I was always a dedicated person when I was with BJP. I was dedicated to them and the same is with Trinamool now. In Trinamool whatever direction is given to me by the party’s top leadership, I will follow that.”
Sujata claimed that just because of party pressure and to establish trust in his party, the BJP MP is ending ten years of his relationship with her.
Taking another dig at BJP, Sujata said the saffron party has six chief ministerial candidates and 13 deputy chief minister faces.
“Prime minister is a prime minister. He (Narendra Modi) is not a chief ministerial candidate,” Sujata said.
“When we ask them (BJP) about the leadership, there is no answer. How can there be a value of people where you do not know the leadership,” she said.
A former teacher, she was quoted saying, “I want to breathe. I want respect. I want to be an able leader of an able party. I want to work with my beloved Didi.”
She further alleged that “newly inducted, misfit and corrupt leaders” were being given more space in the BJP.
However, Saumitra Khan challenged the TMC ahead of the polls and said Mamata Banerjee’s party would be thrown out of the state.
In 2016, Krishna Chandra Santra of Trinamool Congress won the seat by defeating Asit Malik from Communist Party of India (Marxist) with a margin of 36457 votes.
In 2011, Trinamool Congress’s Krishna Chandra Santra outperformed Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s Asit Kumar Malik by 19,563 votes.