Rajya Sabha TMC member Arpita Ghosh resigns

Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP Arpita Ghosh resigned from her seat on Wednesday. The TMC said her resignation was part of the organisational reforms that are underway in the party.

Ghosh, a theatre personality, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the TMC last year, and was seen as one of the very vocal members of the party. She was among the six TMC MPs suspended during the Monsoon session of Parliament in August for unruly conduct. TMC chief whip Sukhendu Shekhar Roy said the resignation was a “party decision”.

“It was an organisational decision. Our organisation is in the process of undergoing so many changes. So it is part of the organisational reforms. It is not that she will not have any role to play just because she is no longer a Rajya Sabha member. She is very much in the party and she will play other roles in the party,” Roy told The Indian Express.

Ghosh entered Parliament for the first time in 2014 when she won from Balurghat in the Lok Sabha elections. She, however, could not win in 2019. She was then nominated to the Rajya Sabha in March 2020.

Her resignation has been accepted by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

Hours after her resignation, the TMC made public a letter she wrote to party general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Tuesday in which she said she “would be more interested” in working for the party.

“After our huge victory in the May 2021 elections, I have been giving some serious thought about how I should continue to play a role in our party. I would be more interested if I could be given a role to work for the party and in the state of West Bengal, even without being a Member of Parliament. My goal is clear: I wish to continue to serve the people of Bengal under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” she wrote. “I feel I would be in a better position to achieve my goals by resigning as a member of Rajya Sabha and come to work directly in Bengal,” she wrote.Sabha MP Arpita Ghosh resigned from her seat on Wednesday. Her party said the resignation was part of the organisational reforms that are underway in the party.

Ghosh, a theatre personality, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the TMC last year, and was seen as one of the very vocal members of the party. She was among the six TMC MPs suspended during the Monsoon session of Parliament in August for unruly conduct.

TMC chief whip Sukhendu Shekhar Roy said the resignation was a “party decision”.

“It was an organisational decision. Our organisation is in the process of undergoing so many changes. So it is part of the organisational reforms. It is not that she will not have any role to play just because she is no longer a Rajya Sabha member. She is very much in the party and she will play other roles in the party,” Roy told The Indian Express.

Ghosh was the TMC candidate from Balurghat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, but she did not win. She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in March 2020.

Her resignation has been accepted by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

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