Buddhadeb calls on Basu
Keeping a studied silence after media reports spoke of his offer to step down in the wake of the Left Front's poll debacle, West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee met CPI-M patriarch Jyoti Basu at his residence in Kolkata this afternoon.kolkata Updated: May 18, 2009 21:56 IST
Keeping a studied silence after media reports spoke of his offer to step down in the wake of the Left Front's poll debacle, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Monday met CPI-M patriarch Jyoti Basu at his residence in Kolkata this afternoon.
The visit assumed significance in the backdrop of the severe drubbing CPI(M) and other Left parties received in Lok Sabha elections and reports that he had offered to resign owning moral responsibility for the alliance's poor performance.
The chief minister, who skipped the crucial CPI(M) politburo meeting in Delhi on Monday, was closetted with the 95-year-old leader for 30 minutes at Basu's Salt Lake residence.
Although there was no official word on what transpired during the talks between the two leaders, Bhattacharjee was believed to have discussed with the former chief minister the party's worst-ever electoral performance - two years ahead of the state assembly poll.
For the record, Basu's close aide Joykrishna Ghosh told PTI that the chief minister had enquired about Basu's health but "nothing more can be said about what they discussed".