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Karat in Kolkata for CPI(M) WB state meeting

kolkata Updated: Jul 27, 2008 08:09 IST
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CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat is attending the party's two-day West Bengal state committee meet in Kolkata, an unusual move that came amid reports of resentment among a section of leaders over the way Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee was expelled by the Politburo.

Karat refused to speak to reporters after arriving at the NSC Bose International Airport in Kolkata on Saturday and drove straight to the party state headquarters at Alimuddin Street to attend the meeting.

The party general secretary attending the state committee meeting is being seen as an unusual move, which follows the UPA's triumph in the July 22 trust vote.

The meeting is expected to discuss the party's strategy against the Centre's likely bid to implement economic reforms particularly at a time when the left parties are in the opposition after the victory of the UPA government.

Party sources said Karat was likely to brief the state committee the circumstances leading to Chatterjee's expulsion.

The CPI(M) general secretary is also likely to meet marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu later in the day to keep him abreast of the circumstances that forced the Politburo to take the extreme step against Chatterjee.

Meanwhile, state Transport Minister Subhas Chakraborty has expressed reservation about the 'hasty' way in which Chatterjee, whom he described as party's asset, was expelled.

Chakraborty has reportedly sought an explanation from the state party unit as to how a party stalwart like Chatterjee was expelled, before showcausing or suspending him.

Last week Chakraborty was censured by the party central committee for voicing his views in public -- questioning the decision to vote against UPA government 'along with BJP' in the Lok Sabha and asking Chatterjee to quit as Speaker.