Sushmita Dev Joins TMC: A Former MP from Silchar, Assam, Sushmita Dev has now joined Trinamool Congress after quitting Congress. Dev is the daughter of late Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev, a seven-time parliamentarian.
As per the latest update she joined Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's party the TMC in the presence of Abhishek Banerjee and Derek O'Brien, the ANI stated. The leader will be reportedly the face of the party in Assam. This morning her Twitter bio changed to “former leader of Congress”, indicating the move. She had been associated with Congress for three decades. She also worked as the president of All India Mahila Congress. In the morning she reportedly resigned from the Congress party by sending her letter of resignation to party chief Sonia Gandhi. No specific reason for her departure has been stated. Dev stated that she is “beginning a new chapter of public service".
Kolkata, West Bengal: Sushmita Dev, who resigned from Congress today, joins TMC in the presence of party leaders Abhishek Banerjee and Derek O'Brien. pic.twitter.com/4KFNVKm3V8— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2021
Congress party hasn't officially acknowledged her departure from the party yet. Sources have indicated her unhappiness with the Congress leadership for the past few months. It reportedly brewed over the decision to tie up with the AIUDF in the April-May state elections. Dev earlier had a disagreement with the state party leadership over the choice of poll candidates. She reported had decided to move on from the party in March but was persuaded by the central party leadership to stay on. The recent Assam-Mizoram border clashes near Barak Valley was reportedly the last straw as she didn't approve of the party's stance.
Sushmita Dev was recently in the news after her Twitter account was suspended. The microblogging site blocked her tweet with images of the parents of a nine-year-old girl who was allegedly raped and murdered in Delhi’s Cantt area. The young Dalit girl was then hastily cremated against her mother’s will. The aforementioned images were first posted by Rahul Gandhi.