Pavan K. Varma quits TMC two days after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar quit his alliance with the BJP and formed a new government.
Mumbai: Pavan K. Varma, vice president of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and a former Janata Dal-United (JDU) MP, resigned on Friday and delivered his letter of resignation to Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, igniting speculation that he might rejoin the Nitish Kumar-led party.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress, and other partners created a new administration two days after Bihar Chief Minister Kumar broke his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
On Friday, Varma, a former Rajya Sabha member, tweeted, “Dear @MamataOfficial ji, please accept my resignation from the @AITCofficial. I want to thank you for the warm welcome accorded to me, and for your affection and courtesies. I look forward to remaining in touch. Wishing you all the best, and with warm regards, Pavan K. Varma,” indicating an amicable separation with West Bengal’s ruling party.
Dear @MamataOfficial ji, Please accept my resignation from the @AITCofficial. I want to thank you for the warm welcome accorded to me, and for your affection and courtesies. I look forward to remaining in touch. Wishing you all the best, and with warm regards, Pavan K. Varma
— Pavan K. Varma (@PavanK_Varma) August 12, 2022
TMC Rajya Sabha member and national spokesperson Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said ,“Varma came on his own and has left on his own. I cannot say whether this has any link to the changing political equations in Bihar.”
The TMC has lost another high-profile member in Varma in the last several months.
Former National Democratic Alliance (NDA) minister Yashwant Sinha left the TMC in July after running as the opposition’s presidential candidate against Droupadi Murmu.
When Varma and pollster Prashant Kishor vigorously opposed the divisive Citizenship Amendment Act in 2020, the JD(U) ousted them from the party (CAA).
Additionally, Pavan K. Varma made public a letter he wrote to Kumar in January 2020 in which he questioned the choice to run in the Delhi assembly election that year. Varma quoted Kumar as being sceptical of the BJP and its ideological forebear, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, in the letter (RSS). In his scornful reply, Kumar told Varma to go wherever he pleased.
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