Calcutta, July 15: Actor Rudranil Ghosh, a member of Mamata Banerjee's culture clan, was today removed from the post of chairman of the West Bengal State Council of Vocational Education and Training, prompting murmurs that he did not enjoy the chief minister's trust anymore.
Senior government officials said the technical education department had passed an act in 2014 paving the way for the merging of the West Bengal State Council of Vocational Education and Training with the West Bengal Council for Technical Education.
"It was mentioned in the act that the date of implementation would be notified later. The government decided to implement it today and Ghosh lost his post," a senior government official said.
Ghosh told a television news channel that it had been decided the two councils would be merged. "However, it would have been good had I got some more time," he said.
Ghosh, who was made the chairman of the council soon after the Lok Sabha elections in which he had campaigned for Trinamul, had a spat with technical education minister Ujjal Biswas recently.
Ghosh had alleged that since he took over, the council's committee, a crucial decision-making body, had not been formed, putting a question mark on the future of 2 lakh students.
"The chief minister did not like this and Ghosh had to pay the price. After all, Ujjal is a leader who works at the grassroots. Leaders like him are more important than Ghosh," a minister said.