A day after quitting as MLA, Suvendu Adhikari on Thursday resigned from the first membership of the Trinamool Congress. Adhikari had stop the state cupboard final month.
According to celebration sources, he wrote to TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee apprising her of his resolution to resign from the celebration’s major membership.
Adhikari formally resigned as an MLA of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. “I hereby tender my resignation as a member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly. Steps could also be taken for its fast acceptance,” the MLA of Nandigram constituency in Purba Medinipur district said in a letter to the Speaker.
Adhikari is expected to cross over to the saffron camp later this week. His induction 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 switching sides. He is also expected to be given security by the Union home ministry, formalities for which News18 has learnt are currently in process.
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 cupboard, I had mentioned I might be joyful if he leaves the TMC and be a part of the BJP. Today he has resigned as MLA, and I welcome his resolution,” Roy said.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh also lauded Adhikari’s decision and said the BJP would be happy to welcome him. Efforts by veteran TMC leaders like Saugata Roy and Sudip Bandopadhyay for reconciliation had failed to placate Adhikari.
Before quitting as the minister for transport and irrigation, Adhikari had been at loggerheads with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and had not been attending state cabinet meetings.
The Trinamool Congress has already determined that it’s going to not take any additional initiative to persuade the disgruntled Adhikari to stay within the celebration. However, the celebration is open to listen to him – if in any respect he has to say one thing to Banerjee.