Still with Trinamool, says Suvendu amid speculation over his future

With the Trinamool Congress leadership going on an overdrive to placate West Bengal Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, the East Midnapore strongman on Thursday sent out a significant political message from a rally in Ramnagar.

“I am still a primary member of a party. I am still a minister in the cabinet. Neither has the chief minister expelled me nor have I resigned,” Suvendu Adhikari said, hinting at a possible truce. His remarks come in the back drop of active intervention of top TMC leadership to address his concerns.

Two senior most TMC MPs, Sougata Ray and Sudip Bandopadhyay, were sent as emissaries by party supremo Mamata Banerjee recently. Even election strategist Prashant Kishor himself rushed to East Midnapore to meet Adhikari and held talks with his father, TMC veteran Sisir Adhikari.

As both sides remain tight-lipped about these deliberations, sources claim a report is being sent to party chief Mamata Banerjee highlighting issues raised by Adhikari. While he has not made any demands, concerns have been raised about Abhishek Banerjee’s overt control on the party organisation, they say.

It has been decided that another round of talks will be held sometime next week. Till then, Mamata Banerjee’s key Nandigram movement lieutenant is unlikely to take any unilateral step, party insiders say.

His comments have come as much needed respite for the TMC leadership. “He is a very important minister in our partyhe is free to attend non-political events, there is no problem with that,” said his cabinet colleague Chandrima Bhattacharya.

“As long as one is in a party, one cannot speak out on any platform. I don’t indulge in such unethical steps,” Adhikari said, adding that in a democratic setup there will be differences of opinion which sometimes may lead to separation.

Meanwhile, posters of Suvendu Adhikari have been put up in several districts in south Bengal without any mention of his party while he keeps himself busy attending ‘non-political’ events.

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