The Hindu (Mumbai)

Mamata snaps ties with brother and party rebel

- Shiv Sahay Singh

From April 1, 2019, to April 11 the same month, 3,346 bonds were purchased and 1,609 were redeemed by parties. Between April 12, 2019, and February 15, 2024, donors bought 18,871 bonds and 20,421 were redeemed by parties, the SBI affidavit said.

Though the Supreme Court had sought informatio­n only from April 12, 2019, the bank said the selling and redeeming of electoral bonds had started from April 1. The ECI has time till March 15 to publish the informatio­n from the bank on its official website.

The bank said it has shared informatio­n with the ECI about the dates of purchase of electoral bonds, the names of purchasers and the denominati­on of the bonds. Similarly, the dates of encashment of the bonds, names of political parties which received the contributi­ons and denominati­on of the bonds encashed were also provided.

The bank has shown impressive alacrity in divulging the informatio­n which was readily available to it.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chairperso­n Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that she was disowning and snapping ties with her younger brother Swapan Banerjee, popularly known as Babun Banerjee.

The Chief Minister’s remarks came a day after her brother said he would contest the Lok Sabha polls against Trinamool Congress candidate Prasun Banerjee as an Independen­t. “From now on, please do not link my name with him. Not only me, other members of my family will also disassocia­te themselves from him,” Ms. Banerjee told pressperso­ns.

Mr. Babun Banerjee is a popular name in Kolkata’s sporting circles and has aired his difference­s with footballer and Howrah MP Prasun Banerjee. “I have a lot of allergies towards Prasun Banerjee. I may contest as an independen­t candidate against him,” the Chief Minister’s brother had told a private news channel. Youngest of her six brothers, Mr. Babun Banerjee is a president of the Bengal Olympic Associatio­n, Bengal Hockey Associatio­n, secretary of the Bengal Boxing Associatio­n and also in charge of the sports wing of the State’s ruling party.

Prasun Banerjee is a two time MP who was elected From Howrah Lok Sabha seat in 2014 and 2019.

‘Greedy people’

He was keen to contest from Howrah Lok Sabha seat and had also registered as a voter in Howrah. “Sometimes, people become greedy as they grow older. In every election, he creates problems. I do not like greedy people,” Ms. Banerjee said adding that she was unhappy with his conduct.

“Smt@MamataOffi­cial reflected on her humble beginnings, recounting the days of toil and hardship at a milk depot to support her family and the betrayal she endured from those closest to her. But for her, ‘family’ transcends the confines of blood relations; it encompasse­s the people of Bengal as a collective...,” the Trinamool Congress posted on X.

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