Kolkata, January 22
In yet another jolt for the TMC dispensation, West Bengal Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee quit the Mamata Banerjee cabinet, joining the growing list of dissenters who have put the ruling camp in a tight spot ahead of the Assembly elections. He is the third minister to resign this month in the middle of an exodus from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress ahead of elections.
The TMC, however, asserted that Rajib ’s move would have no impact on the party. Rajib said he was forced to take this decision after being publicly humiliated by a section of the party’s leaders for airing his grievances over their style of functioning. Meanwhile, the TMC expelled MLA Baishali Dalmiya from the party for anti-party activities — PTI