When Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee decides to snap ties and quit a house, she does so lock, stock and sandals!
On Friday afternoon, high drama prevailed in the capital’s South Avenue when Banerjee’s personal belongings were shifted from party general secretary Mukul Roy’s flat to her nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s official flat right next door. The shift followed her fallout with her erstwhile trusted lieutenant.
There were no movers and packers. Banerjee’s trusted aide Ratan Mukherjee diligently transferred from flat number 181 to 183 her bed, five sarees, two TV sets, an almirah, a heater, a treadmill, the pedestal for the family deity, a bucket and a mug and her used sandals.
Roy, who has fallen from grace in Banerjee’s camp since he appeared for questioning by the CBI in the Saradha scam last month, was not present during the shift. Later, an amused Roy said: “Whatever is destined to happen, will happen.”
If Roy was nervous about the future of his political career, Banerjee’s domestic help Lily too was worried about her future. But Roy assured her, “As long as I am here, your job is safe.”
Trinamool Congress spokesperson Derek O’Brian offered a clarification by saying that Roy’s flat has ceased to be the party’s office in Delhi.
When West Bengal was ruled by the Left parties, Banerjee never stayed in the state guest house in the national capital. She also had her own official accommodation as a minister and an MP. After becoming chief minister, Banerjee had always stayed at 181 South Avenue, which was allotted in Roy’s name.
Sources said that before leaving for Bangladesh on Thursday, Banerjee had instructed her aides to shift her belongings to Abhishek's flat.
As Banerjee had been using Roy’s flat as her base camp and party office in Delhi, the leader had taken another flat on the same road and close to flat number 181.
The modest flat buzzed with activity whenever Banerjee came to Delhi. But now, with Banerjee snapping ties with Roy and shifting right next door, the flat is unlikely to even have Roy as its tenant.