West Bengal, 2/2 (AO Bureau)Assembly elections may be held in April-May in West Bengal. However, the political outcry in the state had started months before the elections. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has suffered a lot after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became active in the state. Many leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), considered strong hands, have said goodbye to the party. There is little time left in the election and the phase of resignation continues in TMC.
The veteran leaders who left the ruling party and joined the BJP have also been given big responsibilities there. These include former railway minister and Mukul Roy, considered close to CM Banerjee, former minister S Suvendu Adhikari, MP Soumitra Khan, and several leaders, including Arjun Singh. During this time, the party has also lost many MLAs, but the rebellion of these leaders can cost the party dearly.
Suvendu Adhikari, who had been with the TMC for a long time, resigned from the Bengal cabinet in December. Shortly after this, after taking goodbye to TMC, he took BJP membership in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. During this, he also brought with him 9 MLAs and an MP. He has also resigned as MLA from Nandigram, but it is yet to be accepted.
Shubendu’s father and senior TMC MP Shishir Adhikari were removed from the post of District President of East Midnapore. After this, he indicated to join BJP. However, his final decision on this remains. After Shubhendu, his brother Somendu Adhikari also joined the BJP. He joined the BJP with 15 councilors.
After resigning from the state cabinet on January 22, Rajiv Banerjee said that he wanted to resign in 2018 itself. Banerjee said that he was removed from the state irrigation department without any consultation. He met Amit Shah in Delhi only hours after his resignation and joined BJP.
Deepak Haldar, MLA from South 24 Parganas district of the state has resigned on Monday. He sent this resignation via speed post to TMC’s district headquarters in Topsia. It is being speculated that he can join BJP on Tuesday. It is the constituency of CM’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
Laxmi Ratna Shukla
Former cricketer and former minister of state Laxmi Ratna Shukla resigned from the Mamta cabinet saying that he was taking a break from politics. However, he made it clear during the press conference that he would concentrate on sports and would not join the other party.