Kolkata: In view of the Trinamool student and youth leaders demanding money from students seeking admission to colleges in the state, the party has removed Jaya Dutta from the post of president of its student wing Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP).
Sources in Trinamool have informed that Dutta’s removal comes following a directive from none other than party supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The post of president will now remain vacant and a new president is likely to be nominated in a fortnight or so.
Dutta, who was picked up for the post of TMCP president in May 2016, has failed to manage the student wing, the party feels. This has given rise to TMCP leaders indulging in all sorts of irregularities like embezzlement of college union funds, indulging in violence on campus, and now demanding money from students seeking admission to colleges.
The admission extortion has become a major embarrassment for the ruling party, especially after the arrest of one and after another Trinamool youth and student leaders over the past few days.
Among those arrested is Tetan Saha, a Trinamool youth wing leader from north Kolkata, who has been seen with several senior Trinamool leaders and TMCP president Dutta.
Yesterday the party had dissolved the TMCP units at Gurudas College, Vidyasagar College, City College, and Ananda Mohan College in Kolkata over allegations of their involvement in the admission extortion racket.