New Delhi: In a big setback for Mamata Banerjee ahead of upcoming West Bengal assembly elections 2021, TMC leader Rajib Banerjee on Friday resigned as the state forest minister. The Domjur MLA sent his resignation letter to the TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata. Also Read - West Bengal Election 2021: BJP Likely to Field Babul Supriyo Against CM Mamata From Bhowanipore

His resignation letter read, “It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of West Bengal. I heartily convey my gratitude for getting this opportunity.” Also Read - West Bengal Election 2021: High-voltage Polls to be Witnessed in Nandigram as Suvendu Adhikari Likely to Battle Mamata Banerjee on WB Seat

In a Facebook post, he said, “Hope you all are doing well. This is to inform you that I am resigning as the Minister in Charge, Department of Forest, West Bengal from today. Over the years I have tried to do my duty with full responsibility and diligence.” Also Read - West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021: Shiv Sena Extends Support to TMC, Says Won’t Fight in State

This comes days after he complained about some TMC leaders ‘hatching propaganda against him’.

“There are a few leaders in the party who only exploit workers. They run false propaganda against me using some party workers,” he had said on January 16.

Last month, several TMC leaders including West Bengal Cabinet Minister Suvendu Adhikari and Minister of State (MoS) for Sports and Youth Affairs and former cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla had quit the TMC Cabinet. While Adhikari joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Shukla said that he would pursue a career in cricket once again.