New Delhi: As soon as Trinamool Congress leader, Dinesh Trivedi, announced his exit from Mamata Banerjee’s party ahead of the Bengal election, on Friday, Bhartiya Janata Party welcomed him with open arms to join hands with them.
Giving reason for his resignation during his parliamentary speech he said that the Trinamool was being run by “somebody who doesn’t know politics” and no one had time to speak to him. Without taking names, Mr. Trivedi appeared to attack poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who was enlisted by Mamata Banerjee to plan her election campaign two years ago.
“When the party goes into hands of a corporate professional, he is running the party, no one has time to listen. Somebody doesn’t now the R-K-H of politics, he is becoming my neta (leader). So what can people do in such a situation? The daily fights, the daily abuse of each other – you can’t run a country like this,” the 70-year-old told media, claiming he now feels relieved.
Upon being asked if he is joining the BJP, Mr Trivedi, though not ruling out the possibility said, “I am trying to join myself first”.
Earlier in the day during Rajya Sabha session, former TMC leader claimed that the only reason he is leaving Trinamool party is prevelent “political violence” in the poll bound state.
“The kind of violence that is happening in Bengal, it is a threat to democracy. I feel very strange sitting here. I think of what I should do. I think of Rabindranath Tagore. Obey party discipline? Of course, but I feel stifled. My soul is saying I sit here and say nothing, what is the point? I resign,” he said.
“We are here only for our motherland. I am grateful to my party for sending me here,” he said, moments before, handing over his resignation to Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu.
Meanwhile, his former party colleagues, though is stunned by his sudden resignation, somewhere knew this was coming as “the signs were visible”, said a sources close to him. Notably a day before, he had praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in parliament, on Twitter at a time his party leader and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is being critical of BJP and its leadership.
I am personally in agreement with this. The way forward is to let our young talented mind innovate, create and distribute wealth. Pay Govt levies, create jobs. For that, our Govt officers (babus) too, need to encourage the youth . https://t.co/iyDIP6NR4D
— Dinesh Trivedi (@DinTri) February 10, 2021
Reportedly, his Twitter account briefly vanished after his resignation.
“This is unfortunate. I am saddened. It is not good that he has resigned. I knew he was dissatisfied but I did not know he would quit,” said senior TMC leader Saugata Roy.