Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Dinesh Trivedi on 11 February said that he is resigning as Rajya Sabha MP as he feels suffocated in the Mamata Banerjee-led party.
Addressing the Rajya Sabha, Trivedi said that he was grateful to his party for sending him to the upper house but was feeling suffocated as he was not able to do anything to stop the violence in West Bengal.
“I am grateful to my party that it has sent me here, but now I feel a little suffocated. We are unable to do anything and there is atrocity (going on). My voice of conscience is saying what Swami Vivekananda used to say — arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached,” Trivedi said,” Trivedi said.
Trivedi praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for effectively leading the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dinesh Trivedi used to occupy a prominent position in national politics under the UPA government where he once held the railways portfolio. He presented a Railways Budget ― a separate budget for this department, a British legacy, was discontinued by the Modi government ― that was hailed by the media but which irked his leader Banerjee who pressured him to resign as the union minister. Shortly thereafter, Trivedi disappeared from national headlines until today when he quit the TMC.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said he had cordial relations with Trivedi and it was good that he was quitting TMC. Heaping praise on Trivedi, Vijayvargiya said that the BJP would happily welcome him into the party if he wants to join the saffron party.
Though Trivedi didn’t say anything on whether he would remain in the TMC or not, speculations are rife that the former Railway minister may soon join the resurgent BJP.
Speaking to media, TMC MP Saugata Roy said, “I am sad at this news. He (Trivedi) was speaking to a few people and also had a word with me last Sunday and said he was a little dissatisfied… his resignation is a drastic step”.
“Nobody thought he would take such a big step,” Roy added.
Responding to Trivedi’s shocking announcement, TMC MP Sukhendu S Roy said Trinamool meant grassroots and this would give us an opportunity to send a ‘grassroots’ worker to Rajya Sabha soon.
Interestingly, in the last two months, several TMC politicians have deserted the Banerjee-led party and joined the BJP. The TMC has tried to put forward a brave face on the exodus of party leaders, however, the outgoing members are a major cause of concern for the ruling party in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021.
In December 2020, former TMC heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari, who has a significant presence in the Nandigram belt, joined BJP in presence of Union Home Minsiter Amit Shah.
Thereafter, several TMC leaders have joined the saffron unit in Bengal.