Rebel Suvendu Adhikari Quits As MLA; Romours Says He Will Join BJP

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress’s Suvendu Adhikari finally quit from Bengal’s legislative assembly today, taking further step away from the party against which he openly rebelled last month, and quit the post of minister from TMC. There is a hustle-bustle spread around that the Adhikari may join the BJP during Union Minister Amit Shah’s visit to West Bengal, later this week.

Adhikari entry in the BJP is expected to the high point of Amit Shah’s visit to Bengal this weekend.  The venue is expected to be Medinipur town, in West Midnapore district, about 150 km from Kolkata. That is a part of Adhikari’s home area.

TMC has been fighting back to save Adhikari’s exit, who holds influence over the local party leaders in Malda, Murshidabad, Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore, where he was the party in-charge. His exit from the party has hit TMC in more than 50 seats in the assembly elections expected for next year.

After his exit as the ministry, the party had rushed senior leader Sougata Roy to settle with him. Roy had even managed to get Adhikari to meet the party, Trinamool MP and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor was present at the meeting, which Roy had declared a success.  The very next day, Adhikari texted Roy to say “Excuse me, I cannot work like this anymore”.

Mamata Banerjee’s words at a TMC rally last week hinted at Adhikari finally parting the party.

“We will stand with the people and fight with them. That is our promise. Who is bigger than who in the party should not be the issue. After profiting from the party for 10 years, after profiting from being part of the government, to hobnob with this and that party… I will not tolerate such people,” CM Mamata Banerjee said.

Kiran Mondal

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