TMC MLA Prabir Ghoshal resigns from 2 posts, slapped with party notice

Speculations are rife that Ghoshal, Bally MLA Baishali Dalmiya and forest minister Rajib Banerjee may join the BJP when Amit Shah visits Howrah next week

TMC, Mamata Banerjee
The TMC has issued a show-cause notice to Prabir Ghoshal, who represents the Uttarpara seat in assembly. The party has asked him to explain "why he discussed internal party affairs with the media".

Trinamool Congress MLA Prabir Ghoshal on Tuesday (January 26) said he has resigned from two party posts, but will continue to be a member of the assembly. He said he had no plans of leaving the TMC, which has seen several big shots heading the BJP way ahead of the assembly polls due in April-May.

But the TMC has issued a show-cause notice to Ghoshal, who represents the Uttarpara seat in assembly, asking him to explain “why he discussed internal party affairs with the media”.

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Earlier in the day, Ghoshal told media persons he has quit as a member of the Hooghly district committee and also as a TMC spokesperson.

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“I have been forced to take this decision as there is an active lobby in the party that is not allowing me to do my work in my constituency. I will still continue to be MLA keeping in mind the needs of people,” the disgruntled leader said.

“An important road connecting Kanaipur with Nabagram is in poor shape since long, and all my representations to the higher authorities have failed. It seems a vested interest is at work to not allow good people to stay in the party,” Ghosal said.

The Uttarpara MLA told reporters that “people” are working against him to see him lose the upcoming assembly polls.

On TMC’s poor show in the Uttarpara constituency in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Ghoshal said “infighting” cost the party dearly.

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Media reports said MLA Prabir Ghoshal, along with Bally MLA Baishali Dalmiya (sacked for anti-party activities) and forest minister Rajib Banerjee (who resigned recently), may join the BJP in the presence of Union Home minister Amit Shah during his visit to Howrah next week.

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