Suvendu Adhikari of the Trinamool Congress resigned today from the Bengal Legislative Assembly, taking another step back from the party against which he openly rebelled last month, leaving his post as minister in Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet. There is a buzz that the 50-year-old may join the BJP during Union Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state later this week.
Trinamool fought on fire to keep Adhikari, who exerts significant influence over local party leaders in Malda, Murshidabad, Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore, where he was the incumbent party.
After leaving the ministry, the party had prompted senior leader Sougata Roy to reason with him. Mr. Roy had even managed to persuade Adhikari to meet his bete noire at the party, the deputy from Trinamool and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee.
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor had been present at the meeting, which Sougata Roy had declared a success.
The next day, Mr. Adhikari texted Roy to say “Excuse me, I can’t work this way anymore.”