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Only Basu’s taped voice at CPM rally

The ruling CPM’s plans to rope in veteran nonagenarian leader Jyoti Basu for campaigning ran into rough weather as doctors looking after him put their foot down and did not allow the party to take the ailing leader out.

The ruling CPM’s plans to rope in veteran nonagenarian leader Jyoti Basu for campaigning ran into rough weather as doctors looking after him put their foot down and did not allow the party to take the ailing leader out.

As a result Basu will not be present at the Left Front’s inaugural rally for the coming Lok Sabha election at Salt Lake’s Yubabharati Krirangan on Monday — something the party had been looking to for a long time.

Instead the party got his speech recorded at the former chief minister’s Salt Lake residence on Saturday which will be played during the rally.

The same recorded speech will be played at different rallies of the party too,according to CPM leaders.

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In fact the party which was very keen to see Basu campaigning to help boost the sagging morale of party cadre,has been running advertisements in many of Kolkata newspapers announcing Basu’s presence at Monday’s rally.

“He is not keeping a very good health and the doctors have advised him not to go to the rally. So the party arranged for getting him speak for seven to eight minutes which was recorded,” Jaikrishna Ghosh,Basu’s personal secretary,told The Indian Express.

In his speech the veteran leader has exhorted people to vote for the Left Front which,he said,would accelerate the pace of industrialisation in the state. He also stressed on the need of more land reforms in the state.

The veteran leader also said that West Bengal paid the highest compensation to those who lost their land to industries. But party leaders could not hide their frustration at Basu’s inability to attend the rally.

“It would have been great if he had been there. But what will he do if his health does not permit him?” said Benoy Konar,CPM state secretariat member,told The Indian Express.

Incidentally Basu,95,could not attend the March 8 Left Front rally at Brigrade Parade Ground because of ill health. Instead a message of the communist patriarch was read out by CPM state committee secretary Biman Bose.