It remains to be seen whether Banerjee follows Adhikari to BJP or bides his time like Shukla, who has said he wants to devote time to cricket. Like Adhikari — and unlike Shukla — he marked a copy of his resignation to governor Jagdeep Dhankhar before making a “courtesy call” that lasted more than an hour.
Pouring his heart out standing on the Raj Bhavan lawns, Banerjee said, “My portfolio was changed without even intimating me. But I don’t want to hurt anyone or make personal attacks. Some others are doing that and it is up to their conscience.”
Banerjee last held the forest portfolio and, before that, was the state irrigation minister. He posted his resignation letter to CM Mamata on his Facebook page as well as Twitter handle.