Kolkata: CPI(M) MLA and former Rajya
Sabha Vice-Chairman Mostafa Bin Quasem, who took his own life
after leaping from the 4th floor of the MLA Hostel here, had
expressed unwillingness to contest the Assembly elections due
to illness, his party admitted on Monday.
"The party, though knowing of his illness, decided to
field him as a candidate from Basirhat North constituency as
he was a popular and good leader," CPI(M) state secretary
Biman Bose told mediapersons here.
He said that district party leaders had conveyed to the
70-year-old leader of CPI(M)`s decision to field him as a
candidate. "There is no question of their saying anything
Quasem could have been in depression because of
illness, but he did not know about his kidney problem, Bose
The MLA was told that he could work as much was
possible for him and the remaining work would have been done
by local party workers in his constituency, he said.
Quasem, who was a party state committee member, was
asked to fight from the newly created Bashirhat North seat,
adjacent to Swarupnagar from which he was elected four times
since 1991, as it had become a reserved seat.
Police sources said that beside the suicide note, left
behind after Quasem leapt to his death yesterday, another torn
note was found from the floor of his room at the MLA Hostel.
The contents of the notes were not divulged by the
police, who said forensic investigations were continuing.