After the debacle in LS polls, they want former West Bengal CM Buddhadeb and state secy Biman Bose to give youth a chance to come to the forefront

Kolkata : The ordinary grass-root level cadres of the CPI(M) have demanded resignation of some of the senior party leaders, including two politburo members, former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and CPM state secretary Biman Bose after the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections in Bengal.

Out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats, the CPM has bagged only two. The ire of the party cadres was evident on Sunday when in Schooldanga area in Bankura town, three posters were seen on the walls of the district party office of the CPM condemning the lifestyle of some of the senior party leaders.

In the posters, the party senior leaders were advised to use public transport instead of private cars provided by the party. It was also written in the posters that the leaders should stop sitting in air-conditioned party offices and instead they should go to the streets and connect with the people. Later the posters were removed by the Bankura CPM leadership.

The Bankura district secretary of the party Amiya Patra who is also the state secretariat member of the CPM said no such posters had been put up by local party cadres. A student of Bankura Christian College, however, had posted the posters in the social network where many party supporters also criticised the functioning of senior party leaders.

A CPM supporter said that the party base has become so weak in Bankura that actress Moon Moon Sen a debutant in politics could defeat nine time MP Basudeb Acharia by nearly one lakh votes.

“Both Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Biman Bose should immediately resign and the party should bring young faces in the forefront. To fight against the Trinamool Congress and BJP, we need young leaders,” he said.

The party workers are also accusing both Bhattacharjee and Bose for expelling two senior party leaders —- former MP Laxman Seth and ex state Minister Rezzak Molla from the party on charges of anti-party activities.

“Both of them had the experience of conducting elections and they would have helped the party in the present crisis as both Seth and Mollah have connection with the people at the grass-root level. Before expelling the two leaders, party politburo should have thought of taking actions against Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Biman Bose. Under their leadership the CPM has become a marginal party in Bengal,” lamented a senior party supporter. Biman Bose, however, has wanted to step down by taking the responsibility of the party’s bad performance in the Lok Sabha election. The party secretary Prakash Karat has reportedly asked him not to take the decision immediately.

Ambar Mukherjee

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