Rebel Suvendu Adhikari finally quits TMC; will head to Delhi tomorrow

Trinamool Congress leader (TMC) and minister Suvendu Adhikari officially quit as an MLA of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. Being dissatisfied with the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, Adhikari had quit from the state cabinet last month.

“I hereby tender my resignation as a member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly. Steps may be taken for its immediate acceptance,” Adhikari, the MLA of Nandigram constituency in Purba Medinipur district claimed in a letter to the Speaker.

The sources close to him claimed that Adhikari is likely to quit from the party’s primary membership within a day or two and is expected to head over to the BJP’s camping later this week.

His introduction to the Party is likely to happen during Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state later this week. Adhikari is expected to travel to Delhi before the changover. He is also expected to be given security by the Union home ministry. News18 got the information and are presently working on it.

BJP national vice-president Mukul Roy hailed Adhikari’s decision and said the saffron party would welcome him with open arms. “The day Suvendu Adhikari had resigned from the state cabinet, I had said I would be happy if he leaves the TMC and join the BJP. Today he has resigned as MLA, and I welcome his decision,” Roy said.

BJP President Dilip Ghosh also praised Adhikari’s decision and said the BJP would be more than happy to open the gates to welcome him. TMC leaders Saugata Roy and Sudip Bandopadhyay had earlier put the efforts for reconciliation, but had failed to pacify Adhikari.

Kiran Mondal

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