Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose quit the party on Thursday 24 hours after he was released on bail in the Saradha scam.
He resigned from TMC's primary membership stating that he will also resign from the Rajya Sabha.
Bose, a former editor of Trinamool Congress mouthpiece Jago Bangla and editor of Bengali newspaper Sambad Pratidin, was arrested on November 21 last year by the CBI for his alleged role in a criminal conspiracy, misappropriation of funds and deriving undue financial benefits in connection with the scam.
“Right decision at the right time. Srinjoy Bose had so much money that he should not have been named in the scam. It is because of the party that he is entangled in it. He was branded a thief staying with a party of thieves, which he quit,” said BJP state president Rahul Sinha.
“Srinjoy Bose is not the only one, many other leaders are also quitting the party. Now, Bose should highlight what made him take such decision,” said state Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya.
Bose was undergoing treatment in the SSKM hospital since day one. TMC Minister Madan Mitra and party leader and former Director General of Police, Rajat Majumdar are still behind the bars in connection with the scam.
Interestingly, he was granted bail after the CBI had failed to file a chargesheet against him 60 days after the FIR was registered. Bose had returned home on Wednesday night. On Thursday morning Bose sent his resignation letter to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.
The assistant general secretary of city soccer giants Mohun Bagan, Bose is the first senior Trinamool leader to be granted bail in the scam.
Srinjoy Bose and his family are closely associated with CM Mamata Banerjee. She had made Srinjoy's father Swapan Sadhan Bose a Rajya Sabha member. Srinjoy inherited that spot after his father completed his term in 2011.