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Bengal Forestry Minister Resigns from Mamata Government; TMC Says ‘No Impact’, Strikes Back With The Expulsion Of Another Dissident MLA | India News


NEW DELHI: The ruler Trinamool in West Bengal suffered another setback on Friday when the state’s minister of forests, Rajib Banerjee, resigned from Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet.
The TMC, however, was brave and claimed that Banerjee’s move would have no impact on the match.
In fact, he went one step further and expelled another MLA member, Baishali Dalmiya, who had come out in support of the former minister.
In reaction to Rajib Banerjee’s resignation, Dalmiya had said that “honest and sincere people have no place in the party. Corrupt people are making decisions in Howrah district. There is no place for the honest.”
“I have not received anything in writing about my expulsion. I received the information through the news channels. I did not understand the party’s operating system. I had joined politics to serve the public and I will continue to do so,” ANI agency later said.
“The decision to expel me shows that rotten elements are making the decisions in the party. I answer to the people of my constituency. If I can’t work for them, if I can’t speak for them, it’s no use being part of a party. like this, “Dalmiya said.
‘Nobody knows about the future …’
It is speculated that Rajib Banerjee will follow in the footsteps of other leaders who left Trinamool and will join the BJP. However, when asked about this, he declined to comment.
“I don’t believe in predictions. Nobody knows about the future. Until today I am a party worker and I will continue to do so,” Rajib said, refusing to divulge his future plans.
Speaking to journalists earlier after posting his resignation letter on Facebook, Banerjee said he was forced to make this decision after being publicly humiliated by a section of party leaders for airing his complaints about his operating style.
“I had complaints against some of the most important members of the party and I informed the leadership about it. I also spoke with the supreme of the party, but nothing happened. Instead, I was personally attacked by a section of leaders,” he said.
“I was hurt by personal attacks. Therefore, I resigned from the state cabinet,” he added.
In its letter to the chief minister, however, the TMC MLA did not cite any reason for leaving the cabinet.
Later, the Domjur MLA also met with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar in Raj Bhavan and held a meeting with him for an hour.
‘He could have other plans …’
TMC’s management, over the past month, had held several rounds of dialogue with Banerjee to address their complaints.
The Minister for State Parliamentary Affairs, Partha Chatterjee, and the party’s electoral strategist, Prashant Kishor, had met with the leader and tried to pacify him.
Incidentally, Banerjee had skipped the last five cabinet meetings, amid rumors that he was trying to distance himself from the party leadership.
Reacting to the development, TMC’s senior leader and MP Sougata Roy said that if he had problems, he should have raised them for discussion during cabinet meetings.
“We tried to address his complaints, but it seems he was adamant. He could have other plans … he’s the one to decide,” Roy said.
Echoing him, TMC leader and senior minister Arup Roy, known to be a detractor of Banerjee in the Howrah district, said he had feared something like this would happen.
“When the TMC was formed in 1998, neither Laxmi Ratan Shukla nor Rajib Banerjee were in the match. I always knew such a situation was in the offing. People like him leaving the match didn’t matter,” he said.
‘If you want to join us, we’ll look into it’
An elated BJP said that “the beginning of the end of the TMC has already begun” and that the party will disintegrate soon.
“It is only a matter of time before the TMC disintegrates. If he (Banerjee) wants to join us, we will investigate,” said BJP state chairman Dilip Ghosh.
The national secretary general of the BJP and the Bengal in charge of the party, Kailash Vijayvargiya, praised Banerjee for his decision.
“Rajib Banerjee ji is a good leader and a successful minister. Honest and good people have no place in a party like TMC,” he said.
Vijayvargiya, however, declined to say anything when asked if Banerjee would join the saffron camp.
(With inputs from agencies)

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