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Madhyamik boss to quit

Calcutta, Sept. 13: Within hours of Left Front chairman Biman Bose holding the president of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, Haraprasad Samaddar, “morally responsible” for the large number of irregularities in this year’s Madhyamik results, Samaddar said he had decided to put in his papers.

Samaddar, however, said he had made up his mind on this issue a few days back itself. “I had conveyed my decision to school education minister Kanti Biswas and will tender my resignation after my return from Darjeeling on Monday,” Samaddar said.

He resented the manner in which he was being made a “scapegoat” in what is being called the “marksheet scandal”. “What about the 30,000 examiners who had made the real mess' Will they go scot-free' Can they disown their responsibilities'” he asked.

“This is a deliberate attempt to malign me,” Samaddar added.

CPM sources said the principal of Vidyasagar (Day) College, Sulapani Bhattacharya, is being considered as Samaddar’s replacement. Bhattacharya said: “I have also heard about it, but there has been no official communication.”

The CPM secretariat, the core decision-making body at the state level, which discussed the issue at today’s meeting, criticised Samaddar for his “irresponsible role” and asked chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to seek an explanation from him. “This is a serious matter and we should not handle it leniently. We have asked Buddha (Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee) to talk to the board president,” said veteran leader Jyoti Basu.

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