Buddha Breaks Silence On Panchayat Polls


Kolkata: Bengal CPM leader and former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday denounced the “violence, atrocities and malpractice” in the run-up to Bengal’s rural polls, issuing a strongly worded statement. On Thursday, he didn’t spare his successor Mamata Banerjee, without naming her, over the panchayat polls.

The statement began with a surprise note. Buddhadeb said that “I have not been able to venture out for six months. Because of my ailments, I have been unable to hit the streets,”.

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, has opted out of all CPM committees. He remains an invitee to the state committee and his activities are restricted to visits to Alimuddin Street, the state CPM headquarters, where he spends time reading or replying to letters by comrades.

The statement came a day after Mamata said she considered Bhattacharjee the “lone true Leftist”. Mamata had also said that despite her differences with Bhattacharjee, she believed he had an ideology, as did Jyoti Basu.