Bengal Sports Minister Quits, Mamata Banerjee Says “No Misinterpreting”
Laxmi Ratan Shukla quit as minister in the Trinamool Congress government led by Mamata Banerjee
Trinamool Congress MLA and minister Laxmi Ratan Shukla has stepped down from his post in the government led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, sources have said. Mr Shukla, 39, giving up as Minister of State for Sports comes days after a number of Trinamool Congress leaders joined the BJP, with the election to the legal assembly simply months away.
The BJP is the biggest challenge to Ms Banerjee and her party in the upcoming election. Her party’s troubles started with the exit of her long time coworker Suvendu Adhikari, who signed up with the BJP.
House Minister Amit Shah had said “Didi would be left alone by the time polls come”.
Mr Shukla has sent his resignation letter to Ms Banerjee and a copy of it to guv Jagdeep Dhankhar, news agency PTI reported estimating unnamed sources.
Former captain of the Bengal Ranji team, Mr Shukla is MLA of Howrah (Uttar) constituency. In his letter to Ms Banerjee, the previous cricketer stated he wants to “retire” from politics, PTI priced quote the sources as stating.
The former cricketer signed up with Ms Banerjee’s celebration prior to the last state election in 2016 and won.
With a raft of local leaders joining the BJP, the celebration is priming itself to change Trinamool Congress in West Bengal in this year’s election.
Rebel Trinamool Congress leader Suvendu Adhikari’s youngest sibling, too, had switched sides and signed up with the BJP. Soumendu Adhikari was a councillor and chairperson of a town in East Midnapore district. At least a dozen other celebration councillors joined the BJP with him recently.
2 other members of the Adhikari family are still Trinamool MPs – Suvendu Adhikari’s father Sisir and sibling Dibyendul.
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