Buddha welcomes Somnath to campaign trail, silent on re-entry

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee welcomed expelled CPI-M leader Somnath Chatterjee for campaigning for the Left Front in the Assembly polls, but remained non-committal about his immediate re-induction into the party.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee on Sunday welcomed expelled CPI-M leader Somnath
Chatterjee for campaigning for the Left Front in the Assembly
polls, but remained non-committal about his immediate
re-induction into the party.

"It is good that Somnath Chatterjee is campaigning. It
is a big help to the Left Front," Bhattacharjee said at a
`Meet-the-Press` programme here.

Asked about the possibility of the former Lok Sabha
Speaker`s re-induction into the party, Bhattacharjee said,
"It has not been thought of yet."

Chatterjee was expelled from the CPI-M for going against
party line in the trust vote in 2008.

"There were some problems a couple of years ago. But
Somnath Chatterjee is still with the Left. He is an important
leader," Bhattacharjee said.

PTI

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