BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: A day after rebel Trinamool Congress leader Suvendu Adhikari resigned as Nandigram MLA, on Thursday he resigned from the party. The Mamata Banerjee-party suffered a double blow when another TMC leader Jitendra Tiwari, too, tendered his resignation as the chief of the Asansol Municipal Corporation.
In his resignation letter, Adhikari wrote, “Respected Madam, I am writing to tender my resignation as a member of the All India Trinamool Congress as well as from all other positions held by me in the party and its associate organs with immediate effect. I am thankful for all the challenges and opportunities that has been afforded to me and I will always value my time spent as a member of the party.”
According to sources, Adhikari is likely to join BJP when Amit Shah will arrive in Bengal on December 19-20. A number of other rebel TMC leaders are also likely to join the saffron brigade the same time.
Adhikari was a key member of Mamata and TMC’s steering committee and state committee as well as a leader of the trade union front. However, for the past one month, he expressed his difficulty to work with the party.
Adhikari resigned from the cabinet post of the state Transport Minister after quitting as the Chairman of the Hooghly River Bridge Commission.
In another major blow, TMC leader and Chairman of South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) Col. (R) Diptangshu Chaudhury on Thursday resigned from his post. Retd. Col Chaudhury also tendered his resignation as the Advisor of the CMO’s Grievance & Monitoring Cell.
Meanwhile, according to India Today, five TMC leaders in Malda have also resigned. India Today reported Trinamool Congress presidents of Gobindapur-Maheshpur, Bamon Gola, Pakua Hat, Joggodol and Chandpur all under the Bamongola Block have submitted their resignation to district Trinamool president Mausam Noor, district Trinamool coordinator Babla Sarkar and district chairman Moyajjem Hossain.