Kolkata| Trinamool rebel leader Rajib Banerjee on Friday resigned from the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) and submitted his resignation letter to party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Earlier in the day, Rajib Banerjee resigned from the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. On 22 January, he stepped down as the state’s forest minister.
Rajib Banerjee was an MLA from Domjur assembly constituency in Howrah district. On Friday, he met Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee and tendered his resignation.
In his resignation letter to the Chief Minister, he said, “I resign as a member of the All India Trinamool Congress as well as from all other posts in the party.”
He thanked all his party colleagues for allowing him to work and for all the opportunities given to him during his tenure with the Trinamool Congress.
“I will always value the time spent as a party member,” he said.
There is speculation that Rajiv Banerjee may join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during Amit Shah’s rally at Howrah’s Dumurajala Stadium on 31 January.