New Delhi: Having won a seat in the West Bengal assembly in the recently concluded state elections, Amit Mitra, has resigned as FICCI Secretary General.

Mitra, who was with FICCI in various roles since 1994, tendered his resignation on May 16 which the organisation accepted on Wednesday.

His resignation has been accepted by the FICCI leadership, which said that it "wishes him all the very best for another historical role in the impending and hugely awaited economic transformation of West Bengal".

“Dr. Amit Mitra has resigned from the organization in preparing a larger role at the state level,” said a statement from FICCI.

Mitra is tipped to become the next Finance Minister of West Bengal in the Trinamool Congress-led government.

Mitra, 63, emerged as a 'giant killer' by defeating CPI(M) veteran and state Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta by a big margin from the Khardah Assembly constituency.

Mitra, a Phd in economics from Duke University in the US, has been at the helm of Ficci's affairs for over 16 years.     

The former Secretary General is being seen as the next Finance Minister of the debt-ridden state.