Kolkata: Bengal minister of state for youth providers and sports activities and former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla resigned from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday. He’s a legislator from Howrah.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee confirmed the event at a media convention.Shukla didn’t touch upon the event. Shukla’s exit comes forward of the state elections to be held in April this yr.
“Laxmi is an effective boy. He wrote a letter saying he desires to pursue sports activities wholeheartedly and needs to be relieved of all obligations within the occasion,” Banerjee mentioned.” He didn’t discuss of resigning from the ministry. However now we have accepted his resignation and written to the governor that he could also be relieved as minster. Laxmi has mentioned that he’ll proceed to be a member of the legislative meeting until its present time period involves an finish.”
Shukla’s choice sparked hypothesis that will be part of the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) like former minister Suvendu Adhikari.Final month, at a rally addressed by Union dwelling minister Amit Shah in Midnapore, six TMC legislators joined the BJP, led by Adhikari, thought-about a political heavyweight.
Banerjee dismissed the hypothesis. “It’s good that he desires to pursue sports activities. He mentioned he desires to present extra time to sports activities. That’s why he desires to depart politics. There may be nothing extra to this. He has our greatest needs. There is no such thing as a place for misunderstanding right here. You (the media) attempt to make one thing out of each info,”
Samik Bhattacharya, chief spokesperson of the Bengal BJP, didn’t say whether or not Shukla would be part of the occasion. “It’s tough for any individual with sturdy ideas to remain within the TMC. We’re not shocked,” he mentioned.
Shukla was a middle-order batsman and a medium-pacer within the Indian staff in 1999. He performed for the Bengal cricket staff in addition to the Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi in Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. He joined the TMC earlier than the 2016 meeting polls. He declared his retirement from cricket in 2015.