Kolkata: The tussle between the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi goes back to 2012. Despite delivering a railway budget that was appreciated by most of the leaders, the TMC supremo opposed it, calling it ‘anti-poor’, following which Trivedi had to leave the Railway ministry.
The West Bengal Chief Minister later revealed that she had asked the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to remove Trivedi from the post of the Railway Minister.
Later, the ice melted between Dinesh Trivedi and the TMC supremo and in 2019, Trivedi contested the Parliamentary elections from the Barrackpore constituency, against the BJP’s Arjun Singh.
Following the defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, last year Trivedi was nominated to the Rajya Sabha last year.
Citing ‘suffocation’, Trivedi didn’t take part in the active politics from the TMC for a while but now, after nine years, he made a dramatic exit as an MP of the ruling party in West Bengal, citing that he felt ‘suffocated’ seeing the political violence in the state.
“I am holding a post but cannot work. So there is no point in holding the post. But I thank TMC for sending me to the Rajya Sabha. I think of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda. The rising violence in West Bengal is a direct threat to democracy. So I am resigning but I will stand by the people,” said Trivedi signaling his possible defection to the BJP.
Notably, a day before resigning from the post, Trivedi praised the works of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social media.
However, welcoming the move, BJP's West Bengal observer Kailash Vijayvargiya said that those who have a principle and want to work for the people cannot continue with the ruling Trinamool Congress.
“Those who want to work for the people cannot continue with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee. If he wishes to join the saffron camp, he is more than welcome,” mentioned Vijaywargiya adding that Trivedi is in touch with the BJP.
Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, TMC MP, said that Trivedi should have discussed his problem within the party.
“It is unfortunate that Trivedi made this move. Earlier as well, he had said that he was not feeling well within the party. Now once again he has stated that. People of this sort are of no use,” slammed Sukhendu.
It is pertinent to mention that after TMC's heavyweight leader Suvendu Adhikari had defected to the saffron camp, several noteworthy leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress are following in on Suvendu’s footprint.