Desertion begins? Faleiro resigns from RS seat, TMC

Day after TMC loses its national party recognition, former Goa CM and MP Luizinho Faleiro resigns from his RS seat and the party

NEW DELHI | Updated: 11 April, 2023 3:07 pm IST
Luizinho Joaquim Faleiro

A day after it was stripped of its national status by the Election Commission of India (ECI), Trinamool Congress saw one of its key leaders in Goa, Luizinho Faleiro, resigned from the party on Tuesday, April 11.

Faleiro, a former Goa CM, also tendered his resignation from his Rajya Sabha seat.

Sources in the party leadership told The New Indian that the party has been having a discussion with Faleiro for the last few months regarding his resignation from the RS seat following the party’s dismal performance in the state assembly elections.

“Luizinho Joaquim Faleiro, Member of Rajya Sabha, elected in the by-election held during November 2021 from the state of West Bengal, hereby submit my resignation from the membership of the House on my own and free will and request that the same may kindly be accepted with immediate effect,” the veteran leader’s letter reads.

While speaking with The New Indian, Shantanu Sen, TMC Rajya Sabha MP, said, “Rajya Sabha member Luizinho Faleiro has resigned as per Article 101 of the Indian Constitution. He has tendered his resignation to the chairman of the Rajya Sabha. His resignation has been accepted.”

“TMC wishes him good health and believes that he will continue his services for the people at large in the state of Goa,” Sen further stated.

Faleiro joined TMC in September 2021 as the national vice president of the party. Two months later, he was given a Rajya Sabha ticket in the place of MP Arpita Ghosh.

The rift between Faleiro and TMC started soon after the former refused to contest the last Assembly election in 2022 from Fatorda.

TMC was riding high following its win in the West Bengal assembly elections in 2021, despite an impressive show by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

It decided to expand its base in Goa and the northeastern states. According to ECI, the party had spent more than ₹47 crore in the Goa assembly election, where TMC fielded 23 candidates.

But despite putting in its best efforts, TMC drew a blank in the Goa assembly elections held in 2022. Its poor performance in Goa and northeastern states saw the party lose its national status.

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