New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In another setback for Cheif Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of the West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021, Trinamool Congress  (TMC) leader Laxmi Ratan Shukla has resigned from his post of a minister in the Mamata Banerjee government.

Shukla has been serving as the Minister of State for Department of Youth Services and Sports. He has also stepped down from his post of a TMC district president (urban) in Howrah. In his resignation letter to Banerjee expressed his willingness to "retire" from politics. Shukla, who was looking after the TMC affairs in Howrah district, however, has not given up his post as an MLA.  

Shortly after his resignation, West Bengal CM and TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee said that Shukla, in his resignation letter, said that he wanted to give more time to cricket and he will continue to be the MLA of Howrah (Uttar).

"Anyone can resign. He (Laxmi Ratan Shukla) wrote in his resignation letter that he wants to give more time to sports and will continue as an MLA. Don't take it in a negative way", Mamata Banerjee said as quoted by news agency ANI. 

The former all-rounder had joined Trinamool in 2016 and became a junior minister in the state's sports ministry as the party came to power for the second consecutive term in Bengal. He was appointed as the new party president in Howrah district last year, replacing veteran district TMC leader and state cooperative minister Arup Roy.

Sources close to Shukla said that the former Bengal all-rounder is not going to join any party immediately. He will probably take some rest for the next few days, from the mainstream political activities, and after that would decide the next course.

Senior Trinamool leader Sougata Roy, however, said that Laxmi never informed the party about his issues. "We will have to look into it," Roy said.

Shukla had played three ODIs for India in 1999 and also represented Bengal and East Zone in over 100 first-class matches. In the Indian Premier League (IPL) he played a total 47 matches

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan