Narada case: CBI conducts voice sample tests of former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee, Trinamool MP Aparupa Poddar
Chatterjee, who recently joined the BJP, and Poddar are among the ten leaders and ministers of the TMC who have been summoned by the agency for the test.
This clarification by Roy came after some media reports doing rounds claiming that both Sovan and Baishakhi were feeling humiliated within the BJP and will quit it soon.
Once a trusted aide of CM Mamata Banerjee, Sovan Chatterjee is yet to make any public announcement on quitting the BJP.
Chatterjee has been asked to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday and Poddar in the first week of September, the sources in the probe agency said.
Sovan Chatterjee is a four-time MLA of the TMC and two-time mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation besides being a minister.
BJP’s state president Dilip Ghosh said Chatterjee would be given protection by central force personnel.
Debashree Roy was also present at the BJP headquarters as Chatterjee and Banerjee were inducted into the party.
BJP national general secretary Arun Singh formally inducted Chatterjee in the party. Afterwards, he called on BJP working president J P Nadda.
Efforts were on to bring back Sovan Chatterjee to the party fold, who had taken a sabbatical from active politics since last year due to personal reasons.
Chatterjee, a former minister of the Mamata Banerjee government, joined the party in the presence of its senior West Bengal leader Mukul Roy and its general secretary Arun Singh.
Sources in the ruling party said the meeting was to bring back Mamata’s former blue-eyed boy back to active politics ahead of KMC’s election in 2020.
The former city mayor had met TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday raising eyebrows in the political circles as he had maintained a safe distance from TMC leaders.