Nov. 27, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
Kolkata: The internal turmoil in Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the state of West Bengal has now intensified.
Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, who has been rebelling for several months, abruptly resigned as chairman of the Hooghly River Bridge Commissionerate (HRBC) amid efforts being made to placate him by the TMC leadership.
The party, adopting an adamant attitude, had accepted the resignation given by the minister on Wednesday night. On Thursday evening the party appointed MP Kalyan Banerjee as the new chairman with immediate effect.
Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had declared herself the only party observer of all the districts of the state at a rally in Bankura on Wednesday. According to sources close to Suvendu Adhikari, the officer who was also responsible for being the observer in many districts did not like Mamata Banerjee’s announcement and has resigned.
The West Bengal leader is now surrounded by various political speculations. He has been organizing rallies in different districts without party flags and banners and has been away from the party for the past several months. His presence was not seen in any of the state cabinet meetings.
However, Suvendu Adhikari or other TMC leaders have not given any statement on the matter yet . According to a senior TMC leader, the ‘war of nerves’ between the leadership and Suvendu Adhikari has started.
Suvendu Adhikari ‘s influence extends in around 35 to 40 assembly seats in some parts of West Midnapore, Birbhum, Bankura, Purulia and Jhargram districts besides his home district East Midnapore.
In view of the possible assembly elections next year in the month of April-May the current ruling party, TMC is trying to convince them through the previous route .Senior MP Sudeep Bandopadhyay and MP Saugata Rai have now been given the responsibility. They have held talks with Suvendu twice. But the dialogue among the leaders has not reached any conclusion as of now.