All India Mahila Congress president and former MP from Silchar Sushmita Dev resigned from the Congress Sunday, saying she was “starting a brand new chapter of public service”. Sources near Dev have advised The Indian Express that she is prone to be part of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Calls to Dev went unanswered.
The resignation of Dev — who’s the daughter of seven-time parliamentarian Santosh Mohan Dev and regarded the face of the Congress in Assam’s largely Bengali-speaking Barak Valley — comes as a giant blow to the Congress. Within the recently-concluded Assam Meeting elections in Could, the Congress— which had partnered with Badruddin Ajmal’s All India United Democratic Entrance (AIDUF) — was defeated by the NDA alliance. Since then, no less than two distinguished Congress legislators (Rupjyoti Kurmi and Sushanta Borgohain) have jumped ship to the BJP.
In a letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Dev didn’t point out why she was resigning however stated that she cherished her “three-decade-long affiliation” with the celebration. “Could I take this chance to thank the celebration, all its leaders, members, and employees who’ve been part of my memorable journey,” Dev wrote within the letter, expressing gratitude to Sonia Gandhi for her “steering.” She additionally modified her Twitter bio to a “former member of the celebration” and “former chief of the Mahila Congress” late final evening.
Following Dev’s resignation, senior Congress chief Kapil Sibal tweeted: “Sushmita Dev Resigns from major membership of our Get together. Whereas younger leaders go away we ‘oldies’ are blamed for our efforts to strengthen it The Get together strikes on with: Eyes Vast Shut.”
Congress chief of the Opposition in Assam, Debabrata Saikia confirmed to The Indian Categorical that Dev had despatched a letter to Sonia Gandhi on Friday evening. On Saturday afternoon, the Congress excessive command — together with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi — had a gathering with the delegations of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee in Delhi. “She was very a lot part of the assembly…we weren’t conscious she was going to stop,” stated Saikia.
Nevertheless, rumours of Dev’s quitting surfaced in February, when she is alleged to have walked out of a celebration assembly in Guwahati sad over number of candidates and seat-sharing with AIUDF within the three Barak Valley districts in south Assam. Later in an interview, she advised The Indian Categorical that she “by no means needed to resign” however was “damage”. “If it’s a must to compromise your karmabhoomi, the place you’re employed, your soil… if it’s a must to compromise and provides it to others, it’ll damage you. So it damage me. However I all the time bow to the excessive command, and I did this time too. If I’m not going to combat for my territory, who will?” she had stated.
“After we had a one-on-one dialog earlier than the elections, she was mentioning that she didn’t want the Congress alliance with AIUDF. Nevertheless, she labored for the celebration after that…I have no idea what occurred lately however the previous motive was that she was in opposition to the AIUDF alliance,” Saikia stated.
Sources stated that she was “disgruntled” with the celebration as a result of she felt that her “political house was constantly being shrunk.” “Her Lok Sabha seat (Silchar) has about seven meeting segments…half of them got away to the AIUDF within the Meeting elections. She felt that it might decimate the Congress in Barak Valley, and damage her probabilities in 2024 elections as nicely,” a supply near her stated.
“She felt she was not taken significantly and neither was she consulted for key selections.Even when it got here to the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA), her place as a Bengali Hindu (the group largely helps the CAA in Assam) got here in battle along with her celebration’s official stand on the Act,” the supply stated.
Saikia stated that he heard that Dev was in talks with the TMC. The supply added that she could “play a “nationwide” position within the TMC — particularly with the TMC attempting to make ‘severe’ inroads into Tripura.”
Dev’s father, Santosh Mohan Dev continues to be a giant identify in Tripura, and in his seven phrases as an MP, he had represented Silchar from Assam 5 instances and Tripura twice.