Bhopal, July 18: Former Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra on Wednesday refused to disclose which party he would be joining, after resigning from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ANI reported. Chandra Mitra told the news agency, “I have given resignation. I have not decided when or where I will join, I am not going to disclose it.” Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown News: Cinema Halls Allowed to Reopen From October 1; Jatras, Plays, Dance Also Permitted | Read Here
Yesterday, there were reports that the senior journalist quit the BJP and will join the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Mitra, according to Zee News, submitted his resignation to BJP president Amit Shah. The report further said that he would join the TMC on July 21 at the Shahid Divas celebrations. Also Read - No Cultural Programmes at Durga Puja This Year, Says Mamata Banerjee | Read Full SOP Here
TMC celebrates Shahid Diwas on July 21 to commemorate 1993 Kolkata firing – outside Victoria House in the heart of Kolkata during the Left Front regime. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to spearhead the event. If reports are to be believed, Chandra Mitar will join the TMC during the event. Notably, Mamata Banerjee promised that many new faces will join the party on Saturday, NDTV reported. Also Read - 'Corona Is Gone', Claims BJP's Bengal Chief; Says 'Didi is Imposing Lockdown to Stop His Party From Conducting Rallies' | Watch
Reports suggest that Mitra was not happy and felt sidelined under the BJP leadership. Earlier, he also expressed his criticism for the BJP. At BJP’s defeat in Kairana by-poll, he said the party did not pay adequate attention to the issue of sugarcane farmers, Indian Express reported.
Mitra is currently serving as the editor of The Pioneer newspaper. He was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha from August 2003 to 2009. In June 2010, he was elected to the upper house from Madhya Pradesh by the BJP but his tenure ended in 2016.