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Quit fallout in CM seat

Calcutta, June 9: Sachchidananda Banerjee has resigned as the South Calcutta Trinamul president, owning “moral responsibility” for the “BJP’s surge” in the Bhowanipore Assembly segment in the Lok Sabha polls.

The Bhowanipore segment, represented by Mamata Banerjee herself, is part of the Calcutta South Lok Sabha seat from where Trinamul’s Subrata Bakshi was re-elected this time. But among the eight wards in Bhowanipore, the BJP got leads in three and in the remaining five, Trinamul’s performance improved marginally from the 2011 Assembly polls.

Sachchidananda, said to be close to Mamata, had put in his papers to Trinamul state president Bakshi on May 17, a day after the poll results. “But Bakshi told me to keep quiet,” he said.

“But on June 7, I was told by (Trinamul all-India general secretary) Mukul Roy to resign. I heard that another person would take over. I acted accordingly,” he said.

According to Trinamul insiders, although the 67-year-old party veteran had put in his papers to Bakshi, he was willing to continue after Mamata re-appointed him as the Trinamul South Calcutta president at a meeting in Netaji Indoor Stadium on May 30.

“But after the May 30 announcement, Manuada (Sachchidananda as he is fondly called) has been getting feelers that the leadership is looking for a person with an RSS background to replace him. Such an incumbent could help the party counter the BJP in Bhowanipore and other parts of south Calcutta,” a Trinamul leader said.

“That definitely hurt him,” the leader added.

Sources said Trinamul would appoint Malay Majumdar, a mayor-in-council member in charge of conservancy in the Calcutta Municipal Corporation, as South Calcutta president. Majumdar had switched to Trinamul before the 2010 civic polls from the BJP.