Congress MP Abhijit Mukherjee, the son of former president Pranab Mukherjee, joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Kolkata on Monday. He was inducted into the party at a press conference in the city in the presence of senior TMC leaders.
Abhijit Mukherjee has been a two-term MP in the Lok Sabha in his father’s seat of Jangipur and has been in talks with the TMC leadership for the past few weeks.
Asked about his sister Sharmistha, who is with Congress, Abhijit said, “Sharmistha is an free and individual entity… She is capable and entitled to her own decisions.”
Abhijit Mukherjee’s shift to TMC is being seen as a major embarrassment for the Congress, which has lost some of its prominent faces in recent years including Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, Himanta Biswa Sarma, etc.
A few days ago, the Congress MP was also seen speaking up in favor of Mamata Banerjee during the fake vaccination row in Kolkata.
In a tweet, he said, “If Didi Mamata Banerjee is to be blamed personally for a fake vaccination camp by an impersonating IAS Officer Debanjan Deb, then surely ModiJi is to blamed for all the scams by Nirav Modi,Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi etc. So no point blaming the Govt of WB for an individual act”.