Suvedu Adhikari resigns as MLA trinamool congress mamata banerjee BJP
Amid reports of his joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), dissident leader of the Trinamool Congress, Suvendu Adhikari, resigned as MLA on Wednesday. Adhikari, who was once considered a close aide to Trinamool boss Mamata Banerjee, is likely to arrive in Delhi on Thursday to meet with BJP leaders, including Amit Shah.
The BJP, meanwhile, has welcomed Adhikari’s decision. “The day that Suvendu Adhikari resigned from the ministerial post, I told him that I would be happy if he leaves TMC and we will welcome him. Today, he resigned as a member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and I welcome his decision,” BJP said Vice President Mukul Roy.
“The Trinamool Congress is collapsing like a house of cards. Every day someone from the party comes to join our party, “he added.
Nandigram MLA’s resignation came just days before Union Interior Minister Amit Shah’s proposed 2-day tour of Bengal later this week. During the visit, the former BJP president is likely to also visit the Midnapore district, which is Adhikari’s home district and a stronghold.
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“I also heard that Suvendu Adhikari can join the BJP. He is welcome in the party if he wants to join us. We will give him opportunities to work for the people of Bengal,” BJP State Unit Chairman Dilip Ghosh previously said.
Adhikari had submitted his resignation as a minister in the state cabinet led by Mamata Banerjee last month, on November 27. He had also stepped down as chairman of the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioner (HRBC) two days earlier.
Sources said that Adhikari was unhappy with the organizational decisions made by Abhishek Banerjee and political strategist Prashant Kishor. Adhikari and Banerjee were even seen indirectly shooting at each other without taking names in recent public gatherings in the past.
(With inputs from agencies)