Updated: December 17, 2020 20:11
In a double shock to the TMC ruling in West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari, leader of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Jitendra Tiwari resigned from leading party membership Thursday. Adhikari, who left Nandigram MLA on Wednesday, has resigned as party head and West Bengal Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee. Adhikari is expected to join the BJP soon.
In his resignation letter, Adhikari said he was “grateful for all the challenges and opportunities” and will always appreciate the time spent as a member of TMC. Adhikari represented Nandigram constituency in Purba Medinipur district and he was the face of the Nandigram movement, which catapulted Mamata Banerjee to power in 2011.
TMC leader Subrata Mukherjee said one or two people leaving the party would have no effect on it. “TMC is a big party. The fate of the party does not depend on one or two people. It’s possible? Look at the large number of people who show up at Mamata Banerjee meetings, “PTI said, citing Mukherjee.
Adhikari, that was it distancing himself from the party in recent months and face demonstrations outside the party flag, is he should join the BJP along with some rebel leaders of the TMC when Interior Minister Amit Shah visits West Bengal on December 19-20.
BJP general secretary and party leader in West Bengal, Kailash Vijayvargiya, said: “He (Adhikari) is a very dynamic leader. If he wants to join the BJP, he will be welcome but it will depend on his decision. “
Targeting Adhikari indirectly, Mamata said Wednesday: “One or two come at high tide and go out during low. It does not matter. “
“Those who were there in Trinamool from day one are still here. They will continue to fight. Remember, they won’t change their character. One changes his clothes but not his ideology, “said the prime minister, who is on a three-day trip to North Bengal.
Suvendu resigned from the state cabinet last month. As a result, Kanishka Panda, an associate of Adhikari, who was the secretary of the TMC’s Purba Medinipur district, was expelled from the party.
Like Suvendu, other party leaders had also criticized the party leadership for sidelining key leaders within the party. Before leaving the party, Jitendra Tiwari resigned as head of the Asansol Municipal Corporation. The development comes just days after it accused the state government of depriving the industrial city of central funds as part of the smart city project.
Tiwari, Paschim Bardhaman District Chairman of the Trinamool Congress, also praised Suvendu Adhikari as the second most important party leader after Mamata Banerjee. “I have resigned as chairman of the board of directors of Asansol Municipal Corporation. If I’m not allowed to work, what will I do with the post? So, I resigned, “he told reporters.
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