Amid reports that Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has offered to quit following the Left Front’s drubbing in the civic poll, CPI(M) state Secretary Biman Bose on Saturday said there was no question of the West Bengal Chief Minister stepping down from his post.
“The question does not arise. The matter has not been referred to the Central Committee. It has not been discussed in the state committee,” Bose, who is in the capital to attend the two-day party Politburo meeting, told reporters here.
His response came in the backdrop of reports about Bhattacharjee offering to quit earlier this week after the Left Front fared poorly in the civic polls, which was dubbed as a semi-final ahead of the next year’s Assembly polls.
Bhattacharjee had last year also offered to quit from the post following the poor show in the Lok Sabha elections.
Out of the 81 municipal bodies, the Left Front won in only 18 municipalities while arch rival Trinamool Congress bagged 26. Congress bagged seven and the anti-Left alliance four.