Buddhadeb notable absentee at party Congress
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 20:20
Kozhikode: As the Congress of CPI-M began here on Wednesday, the notable absentee was former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who chose not to attend the meet citing "ill-health."

His absence would be felt at the Congress, which is slated to discuss the electoral debacles faced by the party in the assembly elections in West Bengal and Kerala, party sources said.

While 180 delegates are participating in the Congress from West Bengal, the highest among all states, 178 are taking part in the meet from Kerala.

The Congress is being held at the Tagore Hall rechristened for the Congress as Harkishan Singh Surjeet-Jyoti Basu Nagar.

Bhattacharjee has been skipping politburo and central committee meetings for quite sometime, especially after the party's defeat in West Bengal in the 2009 Lok Sabha and 2011 assembly elections.

Bhattacharjee had replaced Jyoti Basu as Chief Minister in 2000 and won the assembly polls for the party in 2001 and 2006. However, in the 2011 elections, the party was routed by Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.


First Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 20:20

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