Kolkata: Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee’s resignation from CM Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet has added to the worries of TMC leader, as the Bengal is heading towards the assembly elections which are to be held in March-April. Rajib’s renunciation was tendered without citing any reasons.
“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, i.e., On 22nd of January, 2021,” Mr Banerjee said in his letter to the state CM which was later accepted by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. He is the third minister to resign from the state government in one month.
To note, Rajib’s resignation came days after he had complained about “some leaders in the Trinamool Congress (TMC)” carrying out propaganda against him. He had wrote several discordant notes against the government and the state ruling party over for past two months. To address his grievance, Senior TMC leader and minister Partha Chatterjee had even held two rounds of talks with 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 reportedly said on January 16 during a Facebook Live session. He, however, did not reveal any names.
The state of West Bengal is going through political turmoil for past few months with many leaders and workers from the ruling TMC joining the big opponent party BJP.
In December last year, a big name in West Bengal politics, Cabinet Minister Suvendu Adhikari also had quit the government and the Trinamool Congress to join the BJP. He was followed by a large number of other TMC functionaries and leaders.