Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) veteran and Minister of State for Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs Sovandeb Chattopadhyay has expressed grief over the condition of former education minister Partha Chatterjee. He has said that Partha Chatterjee's life today would have been completely different and relaxed if he had not brought him into politics. Partha used to work in a corporate company earlier. He is currently lodged in jail in connection with the multi-crore teacher appointment scam by the Bengal School Service Commission. It was Sovandeb who became the bridge of conversation between Partha Chatterjee and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
He was the one who advised Partha to leave the corporate job and enter active politics. It was due to his efforts that Partha Chatterjee entered politics before the 2001 assembly elections. Sovandeb Chatterjee said that I was the one who brought Partha Chatterjee into politics. But, seeing his condition today, it seems that if I had not brought him into politics, his life and fate would have been different today. Sovandeb said this while talking to media persons at a Durga Puja pandal near his residence.
Partha Chatterjee studied at Ramakrishna Mission School in Narendrapur. While graduating from Ashutosh College in Kolkata, he entered student politics through the Congress' Student Council unit. His mentor in student politics was TMC veteran Subrata Mukherjee. Partha had distanced himself from student politics after completing his PG degree from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management. He joined the Andrew yule group as a junior executive job. He resigned from the post of General Manager (Human Resources) to join politics. With his entry into the 2001 Assembly, Partha Chatterjee won the Behala seat. Since then, he has been MLA from the Behala seat five times.