Senior BJP leader Chandan Mitra on Wednesday quit the party, media reports said.
Talking to ANI, Mitra said, “I have given resignation. I have not decided when or where I will join, I am not going to disclose it.”
Mitra was a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha from August 2003 to 2009. In June 2010, BJP got him elected to the upper house from Madhya Pradesh. His term ended in 2016.
He is also a member of the BJP’s National Executive, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His name is still featuring in the BJP’s list of National Executive members.
He is expected to expected to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on July 21, reported The Hindu. “We are in touch with Mr. Mitra and he is expected to join us, if everything goes alright,” a Trinamool Congress (TMC) official told The Hindu. Mitra, however, told The Hindu on Wednesday that he would not comment till “next Monday” (July 23).
Earlier the week, Mitra said that he had had a meeting with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. “I met her [Mamata Banerjee] for advertisement in my paper in Kolkata. But we did not discuss about my joining [the TMC],” he told The Hindu on Monday.
Mitra, who is the Editor and Managing Director of Delhi-based English language daily ‘The Pioneer’, has been close to Mamata Banerjee.
In BJP, Mitra was considered to be close to party veteran L K Advani. He has been sidelined under the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah leadership.
Before him, a senior BJP leader from Rajasthan, Ghanshyam Tiwari had resigned over differences with chief minister Vasundhara Raje and alleged dictatorship in the party under Amit Shah. Earlier, former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha had also quit the party.