Tamluk, July 26: Expelled CPM leader Lakshman Seth’s wife Tamalika today quit the party along with 25 East Midnapore leaders, dealing another blow to Alimuddin Street and the chances of the Left’s revival in the district.
Six members of the CPM district secretariat, 11 from the district committee and eight from zonal committees walked out with Tamalika.
Tamalika, a former MLA and chairperson of the Haldia municipality, said more than 2,500 cadres also quit the CPM today.
Besides Tamalika, the other prominent district leaders who resigned from the CPM are district committee members Ashok Guria, Pranab Das, Amiya Sahoo and Prasanta Patra. Das, Sahoo and Patra, known to be close to Lakshman, had been suspended from the party recently.
Addressing a news conference in Tamluk today, Tamalika said: “The CPM state leadership has failed to stand by cadres who are facing regular attacks from the Trinamul Congress. There is no democracy in the East Midnapore unit of the CPM. Moreover, many loyal members of the party have either been suspended or expelled as part of a conspiracy. So there’s no point staying in the CPM.”
Tamalika accused Rabin Deb, the CPM state secretariat member overseeing the East Midnapore unit since Lakshman’s expulsion, of indulging in factionalism. “We have resigned to protest all this. We will take a decision on our next course of action within a few days,” she added.
Sources close to Lakshman said he was trying to float a platform of disgruntled CPM leaders and would hold its first convention in Calcutta in the first week of January.
Members of 232 zonal committees and 33 local committees in Haldia, Mahisadal, Tamluk, Nandakumar and Contai were among those who quit today. “This will be a blow to our organisation. But we need to drive unwanted elements out of the party keeping an eye on the future,” a CPM state committee member said.
A source said the state leadership had been packing the East Midnapore district committee with its loyalists to sideline Tamalika, Lakshman and their followers. “The objective was to make the Seths and their associates powerless. Realising this, Tamalika and her aides decided to quit,” he added.
Deb said the CPM had received a resignation letter signed by 21 party members. “We will talk to them and the district committee will send the names of those who have resigned to the state committee.”