On Tuesday, when all eyes are on Bihar Meeting election outcomes, West Bengal’s consideration can be divided between Patna, and Nandigram metropolis in Purba Medinipur district, 131 km south of Kolkata.
State Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari will tackle a mega rally there, considerably, not underneath the Trinamool Congress banner, minus social gathering flags and with out portraits of its chief Mamata Banerjee on the venue.
His posters are additionally up in lots of different districts – Purulia, Nadia, Murshidabad, East Midnapore – with no indication of his affiliation with the Trinamool Congress, or the TMC.
Recently, that is been the sample in any respect of Mr Adhikari’s rallies fanning rumours of his imminent exit from the Trinamool Congress.
Lately at Purba Medinipur’s Contai, loyalists had queued as much as signal their names, as pledges of their continued assist, on strategically positioned banners with Mr Adhikari’s photographs.
Mr Adhikari is understood to be sad that Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee – the chief minister’s nephew – is the unnamed prince within the social gathering, whereas he, who wrested Nandigram from the Left in 2007-08 and paved the way in which for Trinamool to achieve energy within the state, is nowhere within the hierarchy.
Mamata Banerjee’s nephew had changed Mr Adhikari because the TMC Youth Congress chief in 2011.
“I’ve neither been sky-dropped nor risen up the ranks robotically,” Mr Adhikari stated at a rally in Nandigram on October 31. “I’ve climbed up step-by-step by step,” he had added in a pointed dig at Mr Banerjee.
The finger-pointing was not for the primary time. Mr Adhikari has been attacking the TMC with out taking names.
“You’ll study to cycle a lot sooner for those who fall off it a few occasions. If individuals are holding the cycle whereas to pedal, it should take you a very long time to study,” he had stated final week.
Now, indicators are that he could converse much more plainly at Nandigram on November 10, although he could time his departure from Trinamool a couple of weeks later.
Mr Adhikari himself has remained incommunicado with messages on his cellphone and calls going unanswered.
Trinamool MP Kalyan Banerjee is one in every of few leaders from the social gathering who’ve spoken on Mr Adhikari. “It would not matter the place he’s holding his rallies. They’re rallies for the Trinamool. He’s an integral a part of the Trinamool Congress and a really pricey chief,” Mr Banerjee stated on Sunday in Hooghly.
However on Sunday, at Haldia township of East Midnapore district – Mr Adhikari’s house turf – TMC’s ladies employees loyal to him took to the streets demanded motion in opposition to its municipal chief Deb Prasad Mandal. They claimed he had made lewd cellphone calls to a girl social gathering employee.
Mr Mandal belongs to a camp against Mr Adhikari’s. His supporters additionally hit the streets and clashed with Mr Adhikari loyalists with the police being referred to as in to revive calm.
Analysts watching associated developments really feel Mr Adhikari’s exit may price the Trinamool Congress. He’s one in every of few social gathering leaders who’ve their very own clout and will win an election minus the Trinamool image. He additionally has an intensive organisational community, and his departure could set off many extra to observe go well with.
In addition to dissatisfaction with social gathering hierarchy, Suvendu Adhikari might also have another compulsions to give up. He’s named within the Narada case and should search shelter with the BJP, very like Mukul Roy, as soon as Mamata Banerjee’s shut aide, and now the BJP nationwide secretary.
The state meeting elections are because of be held subsequent yr, with BJP trying to wrest energy from two-term Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.