TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi announces resignation from Rajya Sabha

Trivedi joining the BJP in next two days: Sources

In a dramatic turn of events ahead of the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections, veteran Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Dinesh Trivedi on Friday said in Rajya Sabha that he wants to resign from the Upper House of the Parliament, as he was ‘feeling suffocated’ in his present position.
Trivedi has been with the TMC since the birth of the party in 1998. The former railway minister today surprised many when he sought time to speak for a few minutes. Trivedi then praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India's COVID vaccination programme and expressed his frustration about the state of affairs in Bengal.
"If I am in a party, I have to maintain discipline. I am grateful to my party that they sent me here. But now I am feeling suffocated... I am not being able to do anything while atrocities are being unleashed there. Today, my conscience tells me that if I can't do anything, then I better resign and go back to the people of the state to work for them," Trivedi added.
Once he formally tenders his resignation from the Rajya Sabha, he is also likely to resign from the membership of the TMC.
BJP now has roped in former TMC leaders like former railway minister and Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Mamata Banerjee’s one-time right-hand-person, former state ministers Suvendu Adhikary, Sovan Chatterjee, and Rajib Banerjee.

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