15 June, 2021

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Catch The Mukherjee Clan

The camaraderie between Pranab Mukherjee and the RSS-BJP ever since he left Rashtrapati Bhavan has often embarrassed the Congress. The mutual admiration between Mukherjee, Narendra Modi and the Sangh—remember his acceptance to address swayamsevaks at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur?—has been fodder for speculation on the political machinations that may be afoot. Mukherjee’s children—daughter Sharmishtha and son Abhijit—are Congress leaders. But the way Congresswallahs are abandoning the party for the BJP, it’s rumoured that the junior Mukherjees might embrace the ruling group. Sharmishtha has dismissed talk of a loyalty shift; Abhijit, a former Lok Sabha MP for Jangipur, is silent. But the fly on the wall say the son is in contact with Mukul Roy and Kailash Vijayvargiya—the BJP’s poaching commanders in West Bengal.


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