Saumitra Khan, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), announced his resignation as head of the party's youth wing in West Bengal on Wednesday. He launched a scathing attack on party colleague Suvendu Adhikari. Khan, whose outburst prompted another BJP leader, Rajib Banerjee, to target Adhikari, rescinded his resignation nearly seven hours later, purportedly after the BJP's senior leaders intervened.
Khan, who represents Bishnupur in the Lok Sabha, tweeted late Wednesday evening, "I take an opportunity to inform that under the instruction of our BJP leader's BL Santhosh Ji, Amit Shah ji, and Tejasvi Surya Ji, I retract my resignation as a token of respect."
The brief letter omitted him earlier in the day with a caustic attack on Bengal assembly opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari, in which he accused Suvendu Adhikari of promoting himself and misled the party leadership.
Rajib Banerjee soon followed suit after Khan's statement. Banerjee stated in a social media post that the opposition leader should not excessively attack the chief minister, who has returned to power for the third time with a landslide victory and should instead focus on how to curb the rise in fuel costs.
Suvendu Adhikari, along with his critics, Saumitra Khan and Rajib Banerjee, were once members of the Trinamool Congress.
Saumitra Khan was the first of the three to join the BJP in January 2019 and won the Bishnupur Lok Sabha seat, which he had previously won as a TMC candidate in 2014. Suvendu Adhikari joined the party in December 2020, ran for Nandigram, and was elected as the party's chief ministerial candidate.