The decision of CPI(M) to nominate an outsider in Bishnupur East has not got down well with the party in the South 24-Parganas constituency.
Disgruntled CPI(M) cadres have stopped campaigning for official candidate Sudhin Sinha though district secretariat member of South 24-Parganas Sanjay Pututunda is trying to rally party workers.
A shaken Sinha told HT, "This is an insult to CPI(M) loyalists. I think the party can replace any candidate."
Ananda Kumar Biswas, sitting CPI(M) MLA of Bishnupur East Assembly who has been axed obviously thinks differently. He has already resigned from the party in protest against the decision to field Sinha, an outsider in the constituency.
According to Biswas, CPI(M) has gifted the seat to Trinamool Congress candidate Dilip Mondal. Talking to Hindustan Times, Biswas said, "If the party is bringing in outside candidate they should also import voters."
Biswas also blamed delimitation, which has given the constituency a makeover. The constituency, which was rural, is now urban in character.
CPI(M) zonal committee member Pulin Naskar is also upset with Sinha's candidature in a constituency, which is a bastion of the Left. He also thinks that Biswas should not have been axed. Zonal committee member Haji Darber Laskar also thinks that Biswas should have been in the running. However, Laskar does not approve of dissidence and believes that cadres should work for the candidate who has been selected."I am a loyal supporter and the party's decision is supreme," said Laskar.
According to sources, this is not the first time that Biswas had resigned.
The CPI(M) MLA had threatened to quit from the Assembly after he was denied a birth in the district committee. A rattled leadership had then persuaded Biswas not to resign. The situation was salvaged and Biswas returned.