Angry over portfolio change, Trinamool MLA threatens to quit

November 24, 2012 - 4:32:33 am


Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress’s MLA from Singur yesterday threatened to resign from the state ministry and retire from politics, expressing unhappiness over the new ministerial assignment “imposed” upon him.

Rabindranath Bhattacharya was angry over being shifted from important agriculture ministry to a low-key statistics and programme implementation ministry in the cabinet reshuffle Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee effected on Wednesday.

Bhattacharya was a trusted aide of Mamata Banerjee during the 2007 volatile peasant movement in Hooghly district’s Singur area where a Tata Nano car plant was under construction.

“I have not accepted the new ministry which has been imposed upon me through a notification. Therefore, I want to resign the ministership. I want to take retirement from politics,” the septuagenarian leader told the media here.

Soon after learning about his new posting, Bhattacharya said he did not have any idea about the statistics and programme implementation department. “And you will come to know in the coming days whether I will take charge of this department or not,” he said.

Bhattacharya was initially made the school education minister after the Trinamool Congress came to power in May 2011. One and a half months later, he was moved to the agriculture department.

Sources said Bhattacharya had sent in his resignation to Banerjee before the reshuffle when he came to know that the agriculture portfolio would be taken away from him.