Worries continue to brew for All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) as the party on Friday lost another minister, possibly to BJP, months ahead of the legislative assembly election in West Bengal.
On Friday, Forest Minister with TMC, Rajib Banerjee, resigned from his post without citing any reasons for his decision.
“I regret to inform you that I hereby tender my resignation from my Office as Cabinet Minsiter being in charge of Forest Department on today, i.e., On 22nd of January, 2021,” Mr Banerjee said in his letter to the Chief Minister.
Banerjee’s resignation comes days after he, as per the reports, has complained about “some leaders in the Trinamool Congress (TMC)” carrying out propaganda against him.
“There are a few leaders in the party who only exploit workers. They run false propaganda against me using some party workers,” he had said on January 16, according to an ANI report. Banerjee however didn’t mention the names of the quoted few.
In recent weeks, a number of TMC key leaders have parted ways from TMC to join BJP. One of the most popular among these is West Bengal Cabinet Minister Suvendu Adhikari who has decided to contest against Mamata Banerjee from the Nandigram seat in the East Midnapore district after the latter challenged him to do so.
The violence in the state, in the past few weeks, has also risen starting from the attack on BJP’s president JP Nadda’s envoy in Bengal to the latest arrests of BJP supporters for shouting the slogan, “Desh Ke Gaddaron Ko, Goli Maaro S****n Ko”.
The BJP’s supporters slogan was in retaliation to TMC’s supporter slogan – “Bengal Ke Gaddaron Ko, Goli Maaro S****n Ko” .
Party heavyweights such as President JP Nadda and Union Minister Amit Shah have been regularly visiting the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, will be in Kolkata over the coming weekend.