Amid growing differences in the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC in Goa, Kavita Kandolkar, wife of party state president Kiran Kandolkar, quit the party on Monday. With speculations rising that Kiran and other members might following suit, the party announced that it would immediately reconstitute the state committee.
Kavita had contested in the recent Goa assembly election from the Thivim constituency on the Trinamool Congress (TMC) ticket. Her husband Kiran Kandolkar had contested from the Aldona Assembly segment. But both of them couldn't secure their respective seat.
When Kavita was asked about the reason behind her resignation, she said,"This was my wish and so I resigned from the primary membership of the party."
Kavita had hinted at a possible exit from the party after the February 14 assembly elections when she said, "My activists told me that people did not accept TMC from the party and that is why they are resigning."
The party's Madgaon candidate Mahesh Amonkar was the first to leave the party, resigning a day after the election results were declared on March 10. Since then, several other activists, including party general secretary Vijay Pai, have left the TMC. ZP member Kavita left the TMC along with her supporters, including the local sarpanch and panch members.
Shortly after Kavita announced her resignation, TMC tweeted that the party was reshuffling the entire AITC-Goa state committee with immediate effect. We have decided to reconstitute the entire AITC Goa State Committee with immediate effect. The newly formed committee will be announced soon. We are seizing this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to work for the people of Goa and their welfare, ”TMC tweeted.