Senior TMC Minister Suvendu Adhikari quits Mamata govt sparking speculation

Rebel Trinamool Minister Suvendu Adhikari Quits, BJP says 'Welcome'

AS North Bengal TMC MLA Mihir Goswami joined   BJP in Delhi on Friday, November 27, 2020, Suvendu  Adhikari, credited for spearheading the famed Nadigram movement against then Marxist rule and helping the formation of  TMC government by Mamata Banerjee,  has quit as state minister for Transport and irrigation. He has also quit as Chairman of the influential Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners remaining in the ruling party as an MLA sparking speculation about his political career.His resignation faxed to CM Mamata Banerjee was accepted by the CM. She had forwarded it to  Governor  Jagdeep Dhankhar. The Indian Express citing his close aide reported   Adhikari is in talks with BJP leadership.Asked to comment on Adhikar,49 a former MP, West Bengal  BJP President Dilip Ghosh said the ‘’exit of Adhikar from TMC is a matter of time.Several TMC leaders are in touch with us. Adhikari is welcome to join BJP’.’ Dilip Ghosh said: “I have not spoken to  Adhikari. He is a fighter. He will be given full respect in the party, if he joins it. This is the beginning of the end of the Trinamool. The party will disappear.””Trinamool Congress is not a party… it is a mela, a circus. There is an owner, a director-producer and the rest work as employees. Those who want to be self-respecting party workers are leaving. The BJP’s doors are wide open for those who want to fight for Bengal’s parivartan,” he added. Bengal Congress President  Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, MP, said the ruling party would now “crumble like a house of cards”.Suvendu Adhikari, 49, led the Trinamool’s struggle at Nandigram in 2007 and captured it from the Left. Nandigram, and then Singur, catapulted the Trinamool to power in Bengal in 2011.Adhikari has been distancing himself from the ruling party and stayed away from a cabinet meeting chaired by CM Mamata Banerjee.At several meetings organised by his followers in the state, he has criticised his own party. Adhikari is known to be unhappy with the prominence given to CM’s  nephew and Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee.”I have not arrived by parachute or by a lift, I have reached where I am by climbing up the stairs, one step at a time,” he said at a recent public meeting.He is also known to be displeased with the influence of poll strategist Prashant Kishor in party affairs. Mr Kishor travelled 150 km to  Adhikari’s home in East Midnapore’s Kanthi but had to leave after only meeting his father, Trinamool MP Sisir Adhikari.He and senior  TMC MP Saugata Roy seemed to have failed to keep him pleased in the TMC  which is facing one of its toughest assembly elections early next year.Adhikaris of East Midanapore, were a Congress family. After Mamata Banerjee formed TMC in 1998, they switched over alligence to her party.His father Sisir Adhikari was a three-time MP and ex-Minister of state.Subhendu was also a MOS in UPA government.edited by @chakravartypk

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