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No agenda to replace Buddhadeb as chief minister: Yechuri

CPI (M) politburo member Sitaram Yechuri on Sunday said Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee continued to be the chief minister of West Bengal and member of the party's politburo and there was no agenda in the party to replace him.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2009 18:53 IST

CPI (M) politburo member Sitaram Yechuri on Sunday said Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee continued to be the chief minister of West Bengal and member of the party's politburo and there was no agenda in the party to replace him.

"There is no such thinking. There is nothing like this on the agenda. Hills (in Darjeeling) are also part of West Bengal. He is the chief minister and he can go to any part of the state," Yechuri told reporters when asked if there was a move to replace Bhattacherjee and if he was becoming aloof as he spent so many days in the hills.

Earlier, a rumour was fuelled after a newspaper report said that Bhattacharjee had resigned as chief minister.

Asked why Bhattacherjee did not attend CPI (M) politburo meeting in Delhi and if he was avoiding the politburo, Yechuri, who was on way to Guwahati, said at the Kolkata airport, "He was sick and that was why he could not come. It is as simple as that. If you want to make a news out of it, you can interpret in your own way."

The Marxist leader said Bhattacharjee is a member of the politiburo and also an important member of the party apart from being the chief minister of the state.

Bhattacharjee, whose two-day visit to north Bengal was extended due to ill health, yesterday returned to the city and said he was 'fine'.