Buddhadeb, Nirupam Sen skip CPI(M) Polit Bureau meeting

The CPI(M) has initiated a discussion on recent civic body poll debacle.

New Delhi: Top Bengal leaders Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and Nirupam Sen did not attend the CPI(M) Polit Bureau meeting here on Saturday as the party initiated a preliminary
discussion on the recent civic body poll debacle in the state.

The two-day Polit Bureau meeting, which began this morning, was attended by General Secretary Prakash Karat, MK Pandhe, Manik Sarkar, Pinarayi Vijayan and Kodiyeri

The main agenda of the meeting is to discuss the preparations for the extended Central Committee meeting to be held in Vijayawada in August.

"We will be discussing the preparations for the
extended CC Meeting," Pandhe told reporters before the

He also said the meeting will have a preliminary
discussion on the Bengal civic poll results.

"The state committee has not yet discussed the matter.
We will have a detailed discussion on it later. However, we
will have a preliminary discussion here," he said.

However, the meeting which discusses the poll debacle
is not being attended by Chief Minister Bhattacharya and state
Industries Minister Nirupam Sen, both members of the Polit

Bhattacharya has cited post-poll violence in the state
as the reason for his inability for attending the meeting,
Pandhe said.

This is the second time Bhattacharya is skipping a
politburo meeting. Earlier, he had skipped a politburo meeting
after the 2009 Lok Sabha polls where the Left suffered a huge
blow in the state.

Pandhe said Sen had in the last meeting informed that
he would not be available for this meeting as he had some
family functions to attend.