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HomePoliticsIndiaBengal: Diamond Harbour MLA Dipak Haldar newest to resign from TMC

Bengal: Diamond Harbour MLA Dipak Haldar newest to resign from TMC

The 2019 Lok Sabha elections saw BJP making major inroads in the state as they won 18 seats and established itself as the major opposition force in Bengal

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In yet another setback for the Trinamool Congress (TMC), legislator Dipak Haldar has resigned from the party on Monday. Haldar represented the Diamond Harbour constituency in West Bengal. Haldar is among several other leaders who have quit the TMC ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections. Earlier on 1 February, former ex-TMC leader and former West Bengal Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee was provided an increased security detail.

Haldar has joined the likes of Rajib Banerjee, Baishali Dalmiya, Prabir Ghoshal, Rathin Chakraborti and Rudranil Ghosh with his resignation. Earlier, TMC minister Suvendu Adhikari had resigned from the party in December 2020.

“I am a two-time MLA. But, since 2017, I am not allowed to work properly for the masses. Despite informing the leadership, no action was taken to improve the situation. I am not informed about any party programme. I am answerable to the people of my constituency and supporters.” said Dipal Haldar

“So I have decided to quit the party. I will send my resignation to the district and state president soon,” he said.

Addressing a party in Howrah via video conferencing on 31 January, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said that West Bengal Chief Minister will be left alone in his party by the time elections happen.

New Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari said that TMC is a private limited company and by 28 February nobody will be left there.

“Trinamool Congress is no longer a party but a private limited company. By 28 February, TMC private limited company will be vacated, nobody will be left there,” Adhikari said while addressing a here at Dumurjala stadium.

Dipak Haldar’s exit from the TMC comes a day from former party leader Rajib Banerjee claimed that several other TMC leaders want to join the BJP. Banerjee had claimed that the TMC government is stopping people in the state from joining the saffron party using the state’s police machinery. Dipak Haldar on 1 February had alleged that the TMC party leadership was not allowing him to work for the masses. In addition, he had also hinted that he may switch over to the camp. Even so, the two-time MLA is yet to confirm anything about his next move. Similar to Rajib Banerjee, Dipak Haldar has lately expressed dissent and spoken against the TMC leadership. Moreover, he is also considered to be close to BJP leader Sovan Chatterjee.

Ahead of the West Bengal polls, several leaders have quit Mamata Banerjee’s TMC. Earlier, West Bengal political heavyweight and a former close aide of the CM, Suvendu Adhikari switched to the BJP. Joining him were TMC MP Sunil Mondal and nine sitting MLAs. The second minister to resign from the TMC was Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who wished to quit politics. Meanwhile, the TMC said that those who are leaving do not have long political history.

As West Bengal gears up for the crucial polls, the  has claimed it bag 200 seats, while the Trinamool, via Prashant Kishor has contended that the saffron party won’t cross 99. The state assembly with 294 seats will go to polls in April-May 2021, Trinamool holds 222 seats. The 2019 Lok Sabha elections saw BJP making major inroads in the state as they won 18 seats and established itself as the major opposition force in the state. has announced that she will contest polls from Nandigram, the place that paved way for her rule in the state, and her ex-aide and heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari – who is now in BJP – has vowed to defeat her. 

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