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Another blow for Mamata, forest minister Rajib Banerjee is latest to quit cabinet

The Trinamool Congress authorities in West Bengal suffered one other blow on Friday with Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee changing into the latest to quit the Mamata Banerjee cabinet. Banerjee had been skipping cabinet conferences for a very long time and had expressed his dissent over the functioning of the get together. Earlier Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari and former cricketer and Minister of State for Sports Laxmiratan Shukla had resigned from the federal government and get together posts.

In his resignation, marked to the chief minister and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, Banerjee wrote: “I regret to inform you that I hereby tender my resignation from my office as cabinet minister being in charge of Forest Department on today, ie on January 22, 2021.” Remembering the way it has been a “great honour and privilege to serve the people of West Bengal”, he added: “I heartily convey my gratitude for getting this opportunity. I have sent a copy of this to His Excellency, Governor of West Bengal for his necessary action. Kindly accept my resignation and obliged.”

Banerjee, a TMC heavyweight from Howrah district, later went to Raj Bhawan to personally hand over his resignation letter to the Governor.

On January 16, amid hypothesis that he might depart the TMC forward of the Assembly polls, Banerjee continued his assault on the TMC, saying some individuals within the get together had been obstructing his “mission” to work for the welfare of individuals and grassroots employees. In a Facebook Live, Banerjee stated, “I wanted to do some good work for the people but failed because of some persons in the party.” Banerjee stated he was patiently ready for the best time to get his grievances, “solely concerning the wellbeing of people”, addressed.

The Domjur MLA requested the TMC management to take “corrective steps” to bridge the hole between the get together and the individuals. “Quite like my party supremo (Mamata Banerjee), I believe in giving respect to grassroots workers who selflessly toil for the organisation. However, if I see that these workers are not getting their due respect… if they are frustrated and pained, I try to communicate their sentiments to the top leadership,” he stated.

Reacting to the event, TMC MP Sougata Roy stated, “We were expecting this as he was not attending cabinet meetings for a very long time. It is good riddance as he was not discharging his duties as a minister and party leader. We tried to change his mind and make him understand. But he has decided otherwise. It is good that he has resigned otherwise we would have taken action against him.”

Since December, as many as 12 TMC MLAs, together with Suvendu Adhikari, have joined the BJP. While state minister Laxmi Ratan Shukla has taken a break from politics, Banerjee is seemingly to be a part of the saffron camp later this month.

BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya stated, “TMC workers and leaders are quitting the party and joining the BJP. This is because they think that TMC will not remain in power for long. They are also expressing their displeasure at the functioning of the party. This is the beginning of the end for the TMC.”

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