NEW DELHI: In yet another blow to Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal minister of state for youth services and sports Laxmi Ratan Shukla has resigned from his post on Tuesday, sources in the state secretariat said.
The former cricketer has sent his resignation letter to the chief minister and a copy of it to governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.
Shukla's resignation came almost a fortnight after state transport minister Suvendu Adhikari had left the party, Trinamool Congress (TMC), and joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The 39-year-old former captain of the Bengal Ranji team, in his resignation letter to Banerjee expressed his willingness to "retire" from politics, the officials said.
Shukla, MLA of Howrah (Uttar), who was looking after the TMC affairs in Howrah district, however, has not given up his post as an MLA. Repeated calls to Shukla's mobile number went unanswered.
Meanwhile, BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya took to Twitter to confirm Laxmi Ratan Shukla's resignation news.
He also revealed that disgruntled West Bengal forest minister Rajib Banerjee has skipped a meeting with TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee, who is considered to be a close aide of Mamata Banerjee.
The melt down in TMC continues...Besides resigning from this ministerial position, Laxmi Ratan Shukla has also re… https://t.co/3CGTIi4vbC— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) 1609838157000
TMC's troubles started with the exit of her longtime colleague Suvendu Adhikari and now this development has come as a major embarrassment for Mamata Banerjee, who is trying to grapple with defections and the resignations of several leaders from the party.
(With inputs from agencies)