One other Bengal minister resigns inside a month

Kolkata, January 5

West Bengal Minister of State for Sports Laxmi Ratan Shukla resigned from the Council of Ministers today, triggering speculation about his joining the BJP.

Shukla also quit as Trinamool Congress’ Howrah Town Committee president.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, said Shukla, a reputed cricketer, wrote to her saying he wanted to be relieved from his political and administrative responsibilities as he wanted to focus on sporting activities. “I have no issue with him. I have given directions that his resignation be accepted. He is going to continue as TMC MLA,” she told reporters here at an event.

Following Shukla’s resignation, his portfolios (Youth Affairs, Sports) were given to PWD Minister Aroop Biswas.

Shukla is the second minister to step down from the Cabinet in less than a month. Earlier, Transport and Irrigation Minister Suvendu Adhikari had resigned and joined the BJP. Shukla, too, has been invited by the BJP to join the party. — TNS

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