Congress leader Somen
Mitra, whom Mamata Banerjee had dubbed the "captain of the CPM's B team",
called on her for a meeting she said was a "turning point" while hinting at a
Mitra was the Bengal
Congress president when Mamata was expelled from the party .
Mitra had to quit the
state party chief's post after the Congress won a lone seat and Mamata's
Trinamul Congress bagged seven in the 1998 Lok Sabha elections. This report
looks into speculations whether Somen Mitra and Mamata Banejee are going to
form a new alliance.
It seems a new political allianceis taking place in West Bengal politics. The veteran Congress leader,
Somen Mitra has opened dialogue with Trinamool Congress supremo, Mamata
Bandyopadhyay for a possible anti-Left electoral tie-up.
However, political circles are wondering if Mitra
will actually leave Congress or is just putting pressure on party leadership to
make himself more relevant. However, if he does switch over to Trinamool, it
will be a political major development.