Kolkata: A few hours after former MP and Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev resigned from the Congress, she joined Trinamool Congress in the presence of party president Abhishek Banerjee and Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member and national spokesperson Derek O' Brien.
She had met Banerjee hours after quitting Congress. Dev came to Banerjee's office with Derek O'Brien around 12.30 p.m. Derek and Dev were in the same vehicle when they entered the office. Sources in the party said that Derek was in touch with Dev for quite a long time and his presence during the meeting is highly significant.
Senior party leaders are of the opinion that when Trinamool Congress is trying to spread its organisation in the other parts of the country particularly in the Northeastern states of Assam and Tripura, Dev's joining Trinamool congress will help in strengthening the party base in these areas.
"She has been an MP from Silchar in Assam and a good leader with a political background. This will help Trinamool Congress a lot. She might become the face of Trinamool Congress in Assam and Tripura," a senior party leader said.
The resignation of Former Union Minister late Santosh Mohan Dev's daughter came to the fore in the morning when she changed her Twitter bio to "Former Member" of the party. Later Congress leader and the party's women's wing chief sent her resignation letter to party's interim Chief Sonia Gandhi, sources in the Congress said.
The former Congress MP on Sunday wrote a letter to party interim President Sonia Gandhi about her resignation from the primary membership of the party.
Sushmita Dev in her letter wrote that she will cherish the three decade long association with the party and expressed gratitude towards all its leaders, members and workers.
She also expressed gratitude to the President and wrote: "Madam, I thank you, personally, for your guidance and the opportunities you gave me. I value the enriching experience, I hope I have your good wishes as I begin a new chapter in my life of public service.
The resignation came two days after Dev met Sonia Gandhi and former party chief Rahul Gandhi along with the newly appointed Assam Congress team in the national capital.
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