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‘Insult’ spurs KPP leader exit

Jalpaiguri, March 30: A prominent leader of the KPP, Subal Roy, has resigned from the party to protest against what he calls “insults and abuses” from his colleagues, but sources said he had quit mainly because of his opposition to the outfit’s decision to back the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.

Subal, who is in his 50s, was a member of the KPP’s central committee, the top decision making body of the Rajbangshi outfit that wants a separate Kamtapur state.

“I submitted my resignation to KPP general secretary Nikhil Roy yesterday evening, mentioning that I had to confront insults and abuses from a section of central leaders of the party. I could no longer stay in the KPP with dignity and so decided to leave the party,” Subal said today.

Sources in the KPP said although Subal had been at the receiving end of criticism in the party, his departure was on account of the outfit’s decision to support the BJP in all eight Lok Sabha constituencies in north Bengal.

“Subal had differences with some leaders over party programmes and ideology. But they didn’t pay heed to his views and he felt humiliated in the organisation. But the major reason for Subal’s resignation was the KPP’s move to back the BJP in the general elections. He wanted the KPP to go solo in the polls,” said a source in the KPP.

The support to the BJP had been announced by the Rajbangshi outfit’s president, Atul Roy, on March 24.

Subal, the sources said, had also mentioned in the resignation letter that despite repeated complaints to the central committee about the leaders who had “humiliated” him, there had been no action.

The resignation letter read: “I could no longer give consent to your decisions and the political path you have taken to run the party. That is why I am resigning from the party.”

The observers said this portion of the letter dropped enough hints that Subal was unhappy with the KPP’s support to the BJP. They said Subal had a large following and his resignation would dent the KPP’s vote bank.

“Subal, who is from Dhupguri, was one of the founder members of the KPP and would always be with common workers when they needed help. He is liked by ordinary members and his departure will divide the Rajbangshi votes,” said an observer.

Some leaders had left the KPP and joined the Trinamul Congress in recent years and it is yet to be seen whether Subal will follow suit.

KPP general secretary Nikhil Roy said the party would try to find out whether Subal had resigned for personal reasons or something else.

Atul Roy said he would talk to Subal and try to bring him back to the KPP.

“I will visit Dhupguri and talk to him to know his grievances. We will also try to bring him back to the KPP. It is a fact that he has popularity among our supporters and workers,” said Atul.