'Don’t like greedy people': Mamata Banerjee severs ties with brother ahead of Lok Sabha Elections

Lok Sabha Elections: The dispute arose when Babun expressed dissatisfaction with the party's choice to re-nominate Prasun Banerjee, a three-time winner of the Howrah seat. Despite sharing the same surname, Prasun Banerjee is not related to Mamata Banerjee.

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Lok Sabha Elections: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has made a decisive move by cutting off ties with her brother, Babun Banerjee, after his disagreement with the Trinamool Congress's decision to nominate Prasun Banerjee for the Howrah Lok Sabha seat in the upcoming general election.

In a statement, Mamata Banerjee declared, "My family and I renounce all relationship with Babun," expressing her firm stance against what she perceives as greedy behavior and dynasty politics.

"I have decided to disown him and cut off all relationship with him," she added.

The dispute arose when Babun expressed dissatisfaction with the party's choice to re-nominate Prasun Banerjee, a three-time winner of the Howrah seat. Despite sharing the same surname, Prasun Banerjee is not related to Mamata Banerjee.

Prasun Banerjee is not the right choice: Babun Banerjee

Babun, currently in New Delhi, voiced his discontent, saying, "I am not happy with the selection of the candidate from Howrah Lok Sabha seat. Prasun Banerjee is not the right choice." He also indicated his willingness to contest independently if necessary.

While there were speculations of Babun defecting to the BJP, he clarified, "As long Mamata di is there, I would never quit the party and neither would I join any other political party."

This rift between Mamata Banerjee and her brother is not the first public disagreement. In the past, Mamata had reprimanded Babun for disregarding COVID-19 safety protocols during the pandemic.

With the Trinamool Congress unveiling its candidates for all 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, including Mamata's nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, speculation is rife about the party's strategy and potential challenges it may face in the upcoming elections.