Mumbai: Trinamool Congress leader Suvendu Adhikari on Wednesday resigned from the membership of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly amid rumors of BJP joining the camp during Home Minister Amit Shah’s state visit on December 19-20.
The officer has already resigned as the transport minister and other posts of West Bengal and has distanced himself from the party for the past several months.
— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2020
According to sources, Adhikari is expected to join BJP on December 19 when Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to visit the poll-bound state for a two-day tour.
BJP vice-president Mukul Roy welcomed the verdict, saying, “The day Suvendu Adhikari resigned from the post of minister, I said I would be happy if he leaves TMC and we will welcome him.” Today he has resigned from the membership of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and I welcome his decision.”
Earlier this month, officials and TMC MPs Abhishek Banerjee, Saugata Roy, and Sudeep Bandopadhyay and election strategist Prashant Kishore held a high-level meeting to end the deadlock. However, the meeting failed to break the deadlock between Adhikari and TMC leadership.
After the meeting, the party claimed that “all issues have been resolved” but the officer rejected the claim.
The rebel MLA also informed the TMC leadership that “it will be difficult for them to work closely with the party as their leaders went to the media to make false claims without any problems raised by them and without giving them a chance to speak.”
The TMC heavyweight was apparently miffed with the senior TMC leaders for divulging the details of the meeting in the media and claiming that all differences with him had been sorted out.