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Unhappy with State Leadership, Late Bengal Congress Chief Somen Mitra's Wife Threatens to Join BJP

File photo of Congress leader Sikha Mitra.

File photo of Congress leader Sikha Mitra.

A former MLA, Sikha Mitra accused Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of sidelining her and her son Rohan and didn't rule out joining the BJP.

The opposition Congress in West Bengal was hit by dissidence as senior Congress leader Sikha Mitra, wife of former WBPCC president Somen Mitra, on Monday accused the state leadership of sidelining her and threatened to leave the party. Mitra, a former MLA, accused West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of sidelining her and her son Rohan Mitra and didn't rule out joining the BJP in near future.

"The way the state Congress is being run is unacceptable. The state Congress leadership is compromising with the core ideology of the Congress. Both my son and I have been sidelined in the party. We don't have any future in the party," Mitra told reporters. Incidentally, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari had met her on Sunday evening at her home.

"Suvendu has requested us to join the saffron camp. He has even assured us a ticket for the assembly polls. I haven't made any decision yet. I want to speak to our party president Sonia Gandhi before taking any decision. You never know what is in store in future," she said. Sikha's son, Rohan is a general secretary of the state Congress unit. The state Congress leadership, however, declined to comment on it.