Bengal actor quits BJP: ‘Will not tolerate more neglect’

Actor-turned-politician Joy Banerjee on Saturday said he has decided to resign from the primary membership of BJP after having “faced neglect” in the recent years.

“I want to work for common people and that isn’t quite possible if I continue to be a part of the BJP,” he told reporters.

Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, informing him about his decision to sever all association with the saffron party.

A BJP member since 2014, Banerjee unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha elections twice and was appointed a member of the party’s national executive committee in 2017.

“My security has also been taken away by the central leadership. I am not a new member; I had joined the party way back in 2014. I had told Narendra Modi in 2017 that I would want to do more for the organisation. But there was no response. I won’t tolerate more neglect,” he said while mentioning that he has been removed from the BJP National Executive.