Thepresident of the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Mahamandal, Shripad Joshi, resigned Wednesday.
Opposition parties in Maharashtra have alleged that the invitation was cancelled at the behest of the ruling BJP.
The organisers of the literary meet rescinded their invite to Sahgal, a noted Indian English writer, after protests on January 6.
Sahgal was to inaugurate the meet.
The Mahamandal, which is an umbrella body of Marathi literary organisations, had said the decision to withdraw the invitation was taken by the organisers and it had nothing to do with it.
The Shiv Sena had claimed that the invitation was rescinded after the organisers learnt about Sahgal's intent to speak on issues such as violence by cow vigilantes and lynchings.
Meanwhile, secretary of the organizing committee Dhanshyam Dharne said a meeting of the executive committee of the Mahamandal will be held Thursday, where it will be decided who will inaugurate the meet.
Sahgal had said that even if a fresh invitation was sent to her, she would decline it.
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