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‘I’d rather build a cadre than poach leaders’

‘I’d rather build a cadre than poach leaders’
Days after she joined the Trinamul, Sushmita Dev spoke about her giant leap and what it means for politics in the Northeast

” Sushmita, 48, former Lok Sabha MP and till recently president of the All India Mahila Congress, is believed to be a close associate of Rahul Gandhi.I had visited the house on a windy evening of February 2019, before the Lok Sabha elections; it is located on a road named after her grandfather, Satindramohan Dev, a freedom fighter and an associate of Jawaharlal Nehru.Apart from legacy loyalties, Sushmita had firmly established her position in the Congress after she ousted Kabindra Purkayastha, a BJP stalwart of the Northeast, in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.” Têtevitae 1972: Sushmita is born to Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev and his wife Bithika in Silchar After her postgraduation from King’s College, London, becomes a Bar-at-law from Middle Temple, UK 2011: Fights Assam Assembly elections and wins 2014: Becomes MP from Silchar 2017: Becomes president of All India Mahila Congress 2019: Loses Silchar Lok Sabha seat to the BJP August 2021: Quits the Congress and joins the Trinamul

‘I’d rather build a cadre than poach leaders’ Days after she joined the Trinamul, Sushmita Dev spoke about her giant leap and what it means for politics in the Northeast Sushmita Dev PTI | Published 12.“It’s a completely ideologically messed up party,” she adds with a deep sigh when I finally connect with her, a fortnight after she has joined the Trinamul.

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