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Bengal minister Shuvendu Adhikari quits ministry

Eastern Times, Kolkata: Transport and irrigation minister from Trinamool Congress, Subhendu Adhikari, who was facing tussles with the party, had resigned from the ministry.

Although Adhikari has quit from the ministry, he remains a Trinamool MLA as he has not resigned from the Assembly.

On Friday, Adhikari sent a letter of resignation to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying, “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the people of the state,” and a copy of the letter was also mailed to the Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

“Today at 1:05 pm a resignation letter of Mr Suvendu Adhikari from office as minister addressed to Hon’ble Chief Minister has been forwarded to me.

The issue will be addressed from the constitutional context”, the governor tweeted.

TMC deployed MP Saugata Roy over the past few weeks to sit in the discussion and talk to Adhikari, but neither had it yielded much benefit nor could the ‘face of Nandigram movement’ could be stopped from his resignation from the ministry.

Adhikari had also resigned the post of chairmanship from Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC) on Thursday leaving all the government security within 24 hours.

The news on Friday morning intensified the speculation that Shuvendu may visit Delhi on Saturday and join the BJP.

Shuvendu’s close friends said that the party has not been giving him enough importance lately. He has been provided with ‘Z’ category security since the Left era.

On Friday morning, he left all the security and the pilot car provided by the state government.

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