Budhadeb mum on resignation offer (Lead)

May 18th, 2009 - 8:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Monday refused to answer any question about his reported offer to resign from the post.
The chief minister went to the state secretariat, Writers’ Buildings, in the morning and stayed there the whole day. He refused to answer persistent questions thrown at him by the media.

From his office, Bhattacharjee went to Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) patriarch Jyoti Basu’s house in Kolkata’s satellite township Salt Lake.

Speculation is rife that Bhattacharjee offered to resign after the dismal performance of the party in the Lok Sabha elections, though Left Front chairman Biman Bose earlier Monday ruled out the possibility, terming it “gossip”.

The Left Front, which has been in power in West Bengal since 1977, won 15 seats in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls, down from 35 from the last elections to parliament in 2004.

West Bengal sends 42 representatives to the Lok Sabha. The opposition Congress-Trinamool Congress combine got 25 seats, while went to the Bharatiya Janata Party and another to an independent.

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