In yet another blow for the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC), forest minister Rajib Banerjee on Friday resigned from the Cabinet. The 47-year-old MLA from Howrah’s Domjur shared the news on his social media page and speculations are rife that like many others, he too is likely to join the BJP ahead of the Assembly polls scheduled in West Bengal.
In his resignation, he said that it was a great honour and privilege to serve the people of West Bengal. Rajib also conveyed his gratitude for getting the opportunity. On his Facebook page, he shared a post along with his resignation on Friday.
“I have considered each one of you as my extended family and your support has always motivated me to go the extra mile and be at your service in a better way possible, hence I am announcing my formal resignation on this platform and have informed the concerned authority as well,” he said.
Season of defection
Ahead of the Bengal polls, the BJP is leaving no stone unturned to poach disgruntled leaders from the TMC. Several TMC leaders including MPs, MLAs and ministers have jumped to BJP in the past few weeks and started criticising Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
Actor Rudranil Ghosh met TMC turncoat Suvendu Adhikari and is likely to join the saffron party. Suvendu Adhikari, a former TMC heavyweight and a close confidante of Mamata Banerjee, recently joined the BJP at a mega rally in Bengal and was inducted by Amit Shah, Kailash Vijayvargiya and other BJP bosses.
Two days ago, former TMC leader Arindam Bhattacharya joined the BJP. The Nadia leader arrived in Delhi on Wednesday afternoon and met Kailash Vijayvargiya before joining BJP.
PM Modi to visit Kolkata
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kolkata on Saturday to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. PM Modi will also address the Parakram Diwas celebrations. After his Kolkata visit, the PM will head to Assam’s Sivisagar and distribute over one lakh land allotment certificates.
Notably, the BJP has locked horns with the ruling Trinamool Congress in Bengal ahead of the Assembly polls scheduled in April-May. The saffron party is leaving no stone unturned to woo the Bengali voters.
The BJP, as well as the TMC, has planned several events around Bose, often called Netaji by admirers, as they seek to woo the voters ahead of the polls.
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