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West Bengal Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee resigns TMC, ahead of 2021 state polls

Rajib Banerjee

Rajib Banerjee

Ahead of 2021 West Bengal elections, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Rajib Banerjee, on Friday, resigned from Forest Minister’s Post, amid a recent streak of leaders exiting from the party. 

 

Banerjee is the third Minister to resign, after former TMC leader and Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari and Minister of State Laxmi Ratan Shukla resigned, expressing their dissatisfaction with the functioning of TMC.

 

Attaching a copy of his resignation letter, addressed to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Rajib posted a message on his official Facebook page, which read, Dear Friends, Hope you all are doing well. This is to inform you that I am resigning as the Minister in Charge, Department of Forest, West Bengal from today. Over the years I have tried to do my duty with full responsibility and diligence.

 

I have considered each one of you as my extended family and your support has always motivated me to go the extra mile and be at your service in a better way possible, hence I am announcing my formal resignation on this platform and have informed the concerned authority as well. I hope that in the years to come I will be able to be at each of your service in the best way possible as that has been the sole reason I am into politics. Thank You.

 

Dear Friends,

Hope you all are doing well. This is to inform you that I am resigning as the Minister in Charge,…

Posted by Rajib Banerjee on Thursday, 21 January 2021

 

Following a meeting with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday, Banerjee indicated that one of the key reasons behind his resignation was the lack of ?courtesy? of CM Mamata Banerjee, when she removed him from the post of Irrigation Minister.

 

There should have been minimum curtsey. Next day I told the Chief Minister that I wanted to resign as Minister. Then she dissuaded me, the former TMC leader told media.

 

Banerjee had recently taken to Facebook to criticise many TMC leaders and had alleged nepotism in the party, without naming anyone.

 

 

He had also reportedly attended a meeting chaired by BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari.

 

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