Millennium Post (Kolkata)

TMC MLA Tapas Roy resigns from post & party

Speaker to take final call on Roy’s resignatio­n letter today

- SOUMYADIP MULLICK OUR CORRESPOND­ENT

A three-time MLA and senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Tapas Roy, on Monday, resigned from his post of Baranagar MLA and from the party citing reasons of “disrespect” and “corruption” that has allegedly engulfed the party. On Monday, Roy handed over his resignatio­n from MLA post to Speaker Biman Banerjee who said the resignatio­n letter would be examined and a final decision will be announced on Tuesday. Roy was first elected as MLA representi­ng Congress in 1996 from the Vidyasagar Assembly constituen­cy. He won the 2001 Assembly elections on a Trinamool ticket from Burrabazar. He moved to Baranagar Assembly Constituen­cy in North 24-Parganas in 2011 and has been a TMC MLA from the seat since then.

On Monday morning, party leaders Bratya Basu and Kunal Ghosh visited Roy’s residence in Bowbazar to convince him against resigning but apparently Roy refused to budge from his decision. He later told the media that he has resigned

KOLKATA: The West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE) asked 656 institutes offering Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) courses to submit informatio­n details of each faculty member to create a database.

Through this drive, they want the faculty position of the institutes and understand the teaching structure. The primary aim of the Board is to create the database which will be used by them in the different programmes of the two-year D.El.Ed. course conducted by the WBBPE.

They have also been requested to upload the latest faculty list duly approved by the WBBPE and to be made available in the respective institute log-in. This, according to the Board official, will create transparen­cy and help them to restore as well as retrieve the list as and when needed.

On March 1, the Board notified that details submitted again with the latest faculty list duly approved by the WBBPE within March 5. Earlier, the time duration given for uploading the mentioned informatio­n was from February 12 to February 19. both from the MLA post and the party. Answering what led him to such a decision, Roy alleged that it was mainly the allegation­s of corruption that engulfed the party and how he was made to feel redundant by TMC.

He said: “Wherever I went, allegation­s of corruption were levelled against the party. There are some good persons in TMC but their reputation­s are also getting besmirched due to certain people in the party. Lately, the Sandeshkha­li issue also made me take this decision.”

Further, Roy alleged that following the Enforcemen­t Directorat­e (ED) raid at his residence in January, none of the party leaders condemned it nor did they contact him to give support during “turbulent times”. On the contrary, Roy thanked the Opposition parties for condemning the raid and standing by him.

“Even the party supremo (Mamata Banerjee), who is the Chief Minister, did not contact me. 52 days have passed since the raid. She stood in the Assembly and condemned the ED raid at the house of Shahjahan

Sheikh but did not for once speak about the harassment I was made to go through,” he claimed and also alleged that it was some of the TMC members who were instrument­al in leading the ED to his residence.

Roy said: “I decided Trinamool Congress is not for me. I should not be staying here.” Asked if he is joining any new party, he said: “I am a free bird. It is up to me now what I am going to do.”

Meanwhile, TMC is apparently divided in its reaction. Kunal Ghosh said he thinks of Roy as his elder brother and urged him not to join any other political party for now. Party MLA of Kashipur-Belgachia Assembly seat, Atin Ghosh said that it is indeed a loss for the party and things should have not been allowed to reach this far. Amid speculatio­ns that Roy may join BJP, Trinamool leaders Santanu Sen and Kalyan Banerjee criticised him and questioned his “sudden realisatio­n” of being neglected by the party just before the elections. Both alleged that he got a “lucrative offer” from another party.

About 656 D.El. Ed. institutes asked to submit faculty info

The primary aim of the Board is to create the database...

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