West Bengal TMC’s heavyweight minister Suvendu Adhikari quits cabinet; another rebel MLA to join BJP – kolkata
Dealing a heavy blow to the Trinamool Congress and Mamata Banerjee within the run-up to the meeting polls, West Bengal transport minister and heavyweight chief Suvendu Adhikari on Friday afternoon resigned from the state cupboard.
He despatched his resignation letter to Banerjee and emailed a replica to governor Jagdeeep Dhankhar at 1.05pm, fanning speculations that the rebel chief might give up the get together.
Adhikari, the legislator from Nandigram in East Midnapore district, had resigned from the publish of chairman of the Hooghly River Bridge Commission on Thursday evening. There have been studies that he additionally resigned from the Haldia Development Authority the place he was the chairman.
“I do hereby tender my resignation from my office as Minister. Steps may be taken for its immediate acceptance,” Adhikari wrote to Banerjee.
“I still believe that he will not quit the party. We will try to talk to him,” mentioned TMC Lok Sabha member and get together spokesperson Saugata Roy who had been holding talks with Adhikari over the previous few days.
Senior TMC leaders advised HT earlier this month that Adhikari is particularly sad with organisational choices taken by the chief minister’s nephew and Lok Sabha member Abhishek Banerjee and election strategist Prashant Kishor who was roped in after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats in 2019.
On November 10, Adhikari threw a veiled problem on the get together whereas addressing a public rally at Nandigram.
“Political observers are waiting for me to announce my political programme. They want to hear me talk about the roadblocks I am facing and the path I am going to take. I will not announce my political programme from this scared platform. This is not the place. I will speak from a political platform,” Adhikari mentioned on the rally. “I am not afraid of anyone. We will meet in the battlefield,” he added with out naming anybody and even the TMC.
A senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief mentioned that Mihir Goswami, another rebel legislator from Cooch Behar, was on his manner to Delhi. He was doubtless to join the BJP on the BJP headquarters within the presence of the get together’s nationwide president JP Nadda on Friday afternoon.
“The days of the Mamata Banerjee government are numbered. Adhikari has dealt a blow to the ruling party,” mentioned BJP nationwide common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. He nevertheless refused to touch upon whether or not Adhikari was going to join his get together.