Kolkata: Former West Bengal Chief Minister and Communist Party of India-Marxist veteran Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s decision to skip the Politburo meeting to discuss 2G scam and price rise on Thursday has created a buzz in the party circles.

After poor showing in both the General and Assembly elections, Bhattacharjee has been giving the politburo meets in Delhi a miss, citing bad health.

Instead of attending the meeting in the national capital, the former CM on Thursday attended a meeting in 24 Pargana of the party where he addressed the party workers over several burning issues such as political violence and the alleged atrocities against the farmers in the state.

Clearly, it is a million dollar question why did he choose to attend the district level meeting on the same day politburo meet began in Delhi?

Political observers said that after the debacle in the Assembly elections in April, Bhattacharjee expressed his desire to be relieved from the politburo and central committee.

Except the last politburo meet on August 5, 2011 in Kolkata which he attended, Bhattacharjee had consistently skipped both central committee and politburo meetings.

Party sources said CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat has to face questions over the absence of Bhattacharjee in the politburo meeting.
Karat convinced Bhattacharjee to attend the meeting but the efforts went in vain.

JPN/Bureau