Trinamool Congressional dissident leader Suvendu Adhikari resigned as MLA on Wednesday (December 16). Adhikari, who was once considered a close associate of TMC President and West Bengal President Mamata Banerjee, submitted his resignation to the Speaker of the Assembly.
“I hereby submit my resignation of the member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. Steps can be taken for his immediate acceptance,” Adhikari wrote in his handwritten letter.
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However, Bengal President Biman Banerjee on Saturday refused to accept the TMC MLA’s resignation on technical grounds and also raised questions about its authenticity.
“I have examined the letter and found that the date is not specified in it. I have not been informed that your resignation (Suvendu Adhikari) is voluntary and genuine. So it is not possible to accept it. I have asked you to appear before me on December 21 “the ANI news agency said, citing Banerjee.
Suvendu Adhikari, in his resignation letter to Mamata Banerjee, had thanked him for the opportunity to work for the party.
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In ending his two-decade association with the party, the former TMC heavyweight thanked Banerjee for the opportunities he was given and said he would always value the time he spent as a member.
“I am writing to submit my resignation as a member of the All India Trinamool Congress, as well as from all other positions I hold in the party and its associated bodies with immediate effect,” Adhikari wrote.
The Trinamool Congress has seen a number of departures in recent days. Silbhadra Dutta, MLA’s Jitendra Tiwari also left the party following Adhikari’s resignation.
Reports suggest that Adhikari and others may switch to the BJP when Amit Shah visits Bengal on Saturday and Sunday. The state will go to the polls in April-May next year.