Kolkata: After facing huge defeat at the hands of arch rival Trinamool Congress in West Bengal assembly polls in 2011, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in a state committee meeting has decided for minor reshuffle in the party affairs.

In order to image makeover of the party, former Arambagh MP Anil Basu has been suspended from the party for three months. Basu had allegedly cast slur on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the last assembly polls.

As per the sources, former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee himself had recommended to the CPI (M) control commission to take action against Basu after going through the charge against the former Arambagh MP.

It is worth mentioning that strongman Basu is accused of making irregularities in the procurement of medicines. However, he regretted over his remarks against Mamata.

Another CPI (M) leader from Hooghly Vinay Dutta was also suspended from the party for one month.

After suspending two leaders from the party, the CPI (M) has tried to refurbish party’s image, while youth leader Sujan Chakraborty has been accommodated in the party as the state secretary to strengthen the organization.

South 24 Pargana CPI (M) secretary and former MP Sujan is considered to be close to Bhattacharjee. However , former Land Revenue Minister and Canning East MLA Abdur Razzak Molla has not been accommodated in the state committee. Molla, a harsh critic of Bhattacharjee has been putting question mark on the party leadership.

Sources in the Muzaffar Ahmed Bhavan said several leaders were of opinion that Molla should not be accommodated in the state committee. Commenting on the issue, Molla said, “I do not care.”

Later on, he did not participate in two-day meeting.

On the need for suspending Basu, Trinamool Congress leader and Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee said, “What message the CPI (M) wants to send by this ?” Sports Minister Madan Mitra termed it a political drama and said the public understands the left party’s gimmick of image makeover for the Panchayat polls.

JPN/Bureau