Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s problems are constantly increasing ahead of this year’s assembly elections in West Bengal Assembly Election. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Rajiv Banerjee resigned as MLA on Friday. A few days before this, on 22 January, he also resigned from Mamata Banerjee Cabinet of West Bengal. She was entrusted with the responsibility of the state forest minister by Mamta.
Rajiv Banerjee, representing Domjur assembly constituency, met Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee and submitted his resignation. Banerjee, a two-time MLA, said, “I have resigned from the Legislative Assembly of the state assembly. I have submitted my resignation to the Speaker. I thank party chief Mamata Banerjee for giving me the opportunity to serve the public. He said that I will continue to serve the people of Domjur assembly constituency in the coming days.
Trinamool Congress has suffered another setback before Banerjee’s resignation in the state assembly elections due this year. Earlier, West Bengal Minister of State for Youth and Sports Affairs Laxmi Ratan Shukla resigned from her post on January 5. Before Shukla’s resignation, state Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari left the party and joined the BJP. Elections to the 294-member Bengal Legislative Assembly are scheduled in April-May this year.
Apart from the ministers, many Trinamool Congress MLAs have also left the ruling party including Sheelabhadra Dutta, Bishwajit Kundu, Deepali Biswas and Shukra Munda. After resigning from the post of minister and MLA, the speculation of Rajiv Banerjee joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has intensified. It is believed that senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is going to visit Bengal on 30 and 31 January. During that time he can join BJP. However, it has not been officially confirmed yet.