Subhendu Adhikary to Trinamool MP Sougata Roy: no final decision on quitting party, open to discussion
West Bengal transport minister and senior leader of the Trinamool Congress Subhendu Adhikary has been the centre of speculation and discussion for the past few months. There are speculations that he may quit the Trinamool Congress and join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Even Union Home Minister Amit Shah was asked during his recent visit to West Bengal whether he had spoken with Adhikary.
However, Subhendu Adhikary has neither confirmed nor denied these speculations. In fact, his public meetings without the party banner or representing the government has fuelled the speculations all the more. Recently, Trinamool Congress’ political advisor Prashant Kishor had visited the Adhikary home in East Midnapore’s Contai. But even then, he could not meet Subhendu Adhikary, and spoke with his father, senior Trinamool leader and MP Sisir Adhikary. It was clear that Subhendu Adhikary continues to be upset with the senior leadership of the Trinamool Congress. But how will the matter be resolved?
On Monday evening, senior Trinamool Congress leader Sougata Roy had a discussion with Subhendu Adhikary. The two senior leaders met in Kolkata off the VIP Road near the city airport. Roy had asked the state transport minister about “rumours” that he was going to sever ties with the party.