Bharatiya Janata Party MP, Saumitra Khan said on Monday that he would send a divorce notice to his wife, Sujata Mondal, hours after she announced her association with the Trinamool Congress, reported news agency PTI.
Saumitra Khan who is also the president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and MP from Bishnup claimed that his wife owes her popularity to BJP and urged Sujata not to use his surname anymore.
"You (Sujata) have come this far as you had chanted Jai Shree Ram, chanted in favour of (Narendra) Modiji, as you were the wife of Saumitra Khan. I am giving you all the freedom to chart your own political destiny. But please don't forget you are siding with those who had attacked your parents' residence in 2019 after I joined the BJP," Khan said according to PTI.
On the other hand Sujata Mondal Khan who cited ‘not getting due recognition after helping her husband in getting elected from Bishnupur’ as the reason for switching over to TMC said at a press conference earlier today that "misfit and corrupt leaders" are getting more importance in the saffron camp than the loyal ones.
"Despite enduring physical attacks, sacrificing so much to get my husband elected to Parliament, I got nothing in return... I want to work under our beloved leader Mamata Banerjee and our dada Abhishek Banerjee," she said, after joining the party in the presence of TMC MP Saugata Roy and its spokesperson Kunal Ghosh, reports PTI
On being asked about the implication of the move on her marriage, Sujata said, “It is up to Saumitra to decide the future course of action. I hope he would realise one day... Who knows he might be back in the TMC one day.”
Responding to Sujata’s remarks against the saffron party, Saumitra Khan blamed the Trinamool Congress for breaking his family and said that his 2019 win was a result of his goodwill in the state.
"You are being used by some people who did not hesitate to create rift between a husband and wife who stood by each other during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Yes, you were my pillar during the Bishnupur Lok sabha campaign.
"However, please don't forget I had won by 6,58,000 votes and this margin was made possible because of my party, because of my reputation in the area," Khan said.