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Bloc ripples over Left meet with Mamata

Calcutta, June 15: Two Forward Bloc state secretariat members have resigned from the party’s apex decision-making body, apparently to protest the organisation’s decision to send a representative to meet the chief minister as part of the Left delegation last week.

The party has, however, told Udyan Guha, son of former minister Kamal Guha, and Hafiz Ali Sairani to rethink their decision, sources said.

Bloc insiders said the two leaders were “angry” ever since party secretariat member Jayanta Roy joined the delegation that called on Mamata Banerjee in Nabanna on June 9.

A Left Front team led by CPM state secretary Biman Bose had met the chief minister to complain about “Trinamul-sponsored terror” in Bengal but were advised by her on ways to counter the BJP.

“We were proved a laughing stock. Instead of assuring protection to Left activists, the chief minister advised the delegation to organise movements to counter the BJP. So the meeting with Mamata virtually proved ineffective,” a Bloc leader said today.

“This angered Guha and Sairani so much that they decided to quit the state secretariat.”

According to sources, the resignations would hit the party hard in the wake of its dismal performance in the Lok Sabha polls — the Bloc failed to win a single seat in the state.

In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the Bloc had won the Cooch Behar and Purulia seats, both which were wrested by Trinamul this time.