TMC closes door on Suvendu Adhikari after he speaks out against Prashant Kishor

The TMC has officially closed the doors on rebel leader Suvendu Adhikari, party MP Saugata Roy told India Today TV.

Saugata Roy said that Suvendu Adhikari is now a “closed chapter” for the TMC.

Reportedly, the last straw for the TMC was Suvendu Adhikari hitting out at Prashant Kishor, who has been strategising the 2021 Bengal election campaign for the TMC.

Several TMC leaders have raised questions over the Prashant Kishore’s role in the functioning in the party.

“Prashant Kishor is a strategist for election engineering, speaking against him is not good,” said Saugata Roy.

“TMC MLAs are hitting out at the party. If they speak against him or Didi (Mamata Banerjee), we have enough loyalists to fight and win,” Saugata Roy added.


People close to Suvendu Adhikari have also reported that backdoor talks have failed and he is unpacified as his grievances have not been addressed.

Adhikari, an influential leader with a mass base who had resigned from the Mamata Banerjee cabinet and other positions that he held a few days ago, has maintained that it is “difficult for him to work with the party”.

He is said to be miffed at the way senior TMC leaders went to town on Tuesday claiming all differences with him had been sorted out after a high-level meeting that he had with TMC MPs Abhishek Banerjee, Saugata Roy and Sudip Bandopadhyay, besides election strategist Prashant Kishor.

Sources close to Suvendu Adhikari said he did not want the details of what transpired at the meeting during the backchannel talks to be leaked to the media.

Adhikari, TMC sources said, has conveyed to the party leadership that “it will be tough for him to work together with the party as its leaders had gone to the media making false claims without the problems raised by him getting resolved and without giving him a chance to speak”.

He has been incommunicado after the meeting.


Suvendu Adhikari, a mascot of the Nandigram movement that added to the political heft of Mamata Banerjee and catapulted her to power, resigned as minister of transport, irrigation and waterways last week, setting off speculation that he may quit the ruling TMC ahead of the assembly polls next year.

Several rounds of back-channel talks to pacify the leader, believed to be unhappy over organisational changes and the growing clout of Abhishek Banerjee and Kishor, have come to nought.

Himself a two-term former MP, Adhikari’s father Sisir Adhikari and brother Dibyendu are sitting TMC MPs from Tamluk and Kanthi Lok Sabha constituencies respectively.

The family wields considerable influence in at least 40-45 assembly segments in West Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia, Jhargram, parts of Birbhum — mainly in the Junglemahal region and areas in minority-dominated Murshidabad.

His desertion may adversely impact the TMC’s prospects in these areas in the assembly polls likely in April-May next year.

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