SUSPENDED TRINAMOOL Congress MLA from Suri in Birbhum district, Swapan Kanti Ghosh, on Thursday announced his retirement from politics. He, however, claimed he will continue as MLA till early next year. The state will go to polls in 2016.
Ghosh was suspended on February 25 after he staged a demonstration at the state Assembly premises alleging that the Trinamool Congress-run Suri municipality had siphoned off Rs 10.36 crore meant for central schemes, including a drinking water project.
“Owing to my failure as a politician and an MLA, I have decided to quit politics from today. I could not do whatever the people wanted me to do in the constituency. I got love from the people but they did not find any change during my tenure,” Ghosh told mediapersons in Kolkata.
“In spite of funds being allocated, I could not complete a water project by 2013. A housing project for the poor also could not be completed in spite of JNNURM funds being allotted. I consider it as my failure,” he said.
However, Ghosh said he is not resigning as an MLA as of now. “If I resign now, the people of my constituency will have problems in getting things done, as they will have to run to other places. I will not be available for any party related activities anymore but will continue to work as an MLA for development of my area till early next year,” he said.
Ghosh, who is yet to intimate his party chief Mamata Banerjee and Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee about his decision, accused the chief minister of inaction. “During two administrative meetings, I had asked for the revival of Siddheshwari Salt project in Rajnagar. The CM said she had already passed a Bill regarding the project… But I later found out from the irrigation department that no such Bill has been passed. Similarly, nothing was done about revival of Sisal farm in Rajnagar in spite of assurances by Mamata Banerjee,” he claimed.
Asked whether his suspension has anything to do with quitting politics, he replied in the negative.
“I could have joined any other party if I wanted to. But I have no faith left in any party now,” Ghosh said, adding that he did not enjoy politics anymore.
“I had psychiatric problems and have other health issues like diabetes and blood pressure. Now, things will be all right,” he added.
Asked if his decision had anything to do with him being termed a rebel leader — he was seen several times with party MP Mukul Roy, who till recently was sidelined by the Trinamool leadership — Ghosh said: “There is no reason to think that Mukul Roy’s comeback to the party led to my decision. I had informed Roy three months ago about this… had told my party workers in Birbhum as well.”
“One of the reasons behind my retirement was the presence of unscrupulous people in politics. Not a single politician is genuinely working for the development of the state in spite of the initiatives of the CM,” he said.