Veteran Bollywood actor and Rajya Sabha MP from West Bengal, Mithun Chakraborty has resigned from the Upper House citing health issues.
Gaurang Chakraborty, better known by his stage name Mithun Chakraborty, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in January 2014 by All India Trinamool Congress, following which he became a Member of Parliament in April 2014.
According to a report in Patrika, TMC spokesperson Derek O Brain informed the media on Monday that Chakraborty resigned from the Rajya Sabha, adding that the party wishes him good health and speedy recovery.
Mithun's term was due to end in 2020, however, the actor has been unwell for some time. According to India Today TV, Mithun had skipped last two Parliament sessions due to some health issues. According to another report in The Indian Express, the Bollywood actor was reportedly treated in US in October this year for a back injury that took place in 2009 when the actor was shooting for the film Luck.
In a stunt that went wrong, the 66-year-old actor was supposed to jump off a helicopter and a miscalculated step by the actor led to the injury, according to News18.
A report in News World, however, states that allegations of his involvement in the Saradha Scam could also be a reason behind Chakraborty's decission as the political turbulence was marring his image and affecting his personal and professional life.
"Mithun is the only person associated with the Saradha Group who voluntarily returned the amount he had received from the firm," the report states.
Chakraborty, better known as Mithun Da in the film industry has starred in over 350 films in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Bhojpuri amid other languages, according to The Indian Express report. However, the veteran leader was no novice to politics as well. According to a report in The Times of India, the left-leaning politician had been at one point been involved in Naxalite politics. Known for his closeness with late CPM stalwart Subhas Carroty, who was sports minister during the Left regime in West Bengal, Mithun had also campaigned for the late leader's wife during a by-election in 2009, after Carroty's death.
Updated Date: Dec 26, 2016 17:20:00 IST