Congress women's wing president and former MP Sushmita Dev on Monday tendered her resignation from the party and joined the All India Trinamool Congress in the presence of party leaders Abhishek Banerjee and Derek O'Brien.
Confirming the development, the TMC said in a tweet, "We warmly welcome the former President of All India Mahila Congress Sushmita Dev to our Trinamool family!" The TMC also posted pictures of party national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien welcoming Sushmita Dev to the party.
Sushmita Dev resigned from the Congress party and said that she was “beginning a new chapter of public service”.
"I cherish my three-decade-long association with the Indian National Congress. May I take this opportunity to thank the party, all its leaders, members and workers who have been my memorable journey. Madam, I thank you personally for your guidance and the opportunities you gave me. I value the enriching experience,” Sushmita Dev said in her letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Sushmita Dev is the daughter of Assam Congress stalwart and influential Bengali leader Santosh Mohan Dev. Earlier, she had been elected as an MP from the Silchar seat, a stronghold of her father.