Basu attends CPI(M) state committee meeting

After a gap of nearly six months, ailing veteran CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu on Friday attended the party’s state committee meeting in Kolkota.
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Updated on Feb 20, 2009 01:37 PM IST
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After a gap of nearly six months, ailing veteran CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu on Friday attended the party’s state committee meeting in Kolkota.

Ninety-five-year-old Basu spent about an hour at the two-hour meeting which is understood to have discussed the CPI(M)’s preparation for the coming Lok Sabha polls in the state, party sources said.

The former West Bengal chief minister did not speak to the media at the party office at Alimuddin Street in Kolkota.

Considered one of the most influential Left leaders in the country, Basu was missed at the Left Front’s massive rally held here on February eight where it virtually kicked off its election campaign.

This was the first time, party leaders said, that Basu had not attended a rally in the maidan. A message sent by him, however, was read at the gathering.

Basu had fallen ill and was hospitalised in September last and had been mostly confined to his residence since then.

Asked if the CPI(M) had discussed the list of party candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, party sources said that the state committee would meet again on February 24.

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