TMC's Suvendu Adhikari steps down as Bengal minister

TMC's Suvendu Adhikari steps down as Bengal minister

A day after Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and West Bengal transport minister Suvendu Adhikari resigned as Chairman of the Hooghly River Bridge Commission (HRBC), the rebel TMC MLA tendered his resignation as Bengal minister to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The 49-year-old TMC MLA has been in charge of the department of transport, irrigation, and waterways in the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wrote on Twitter that Suvendu Adhikari's resignation letter from office as minister addressed to CM Mamata Banerjee has been forwarded to him.

"The issue will be addressed from a constitutional perspective, Governor Dhankar said.

On Thursday, Adhikari resigned from the post of chairman of Hooghly River Bridge Commission (HRBC), a statutory body under the Government of West Bengal.

Established in 1969, HRBC was mandated with the construction of the iconic Vidyasagar Setu, an engineering marvel over the river Hooghly that was inaugurated in 1992 as the longest cable-stayed bridge in the country.

Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee has been appointed as the new HRBC chairman. Banerjee gets the post for the second time.