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CPM feels JNU branch heat over decision to back Pranab

The ripples of the CPM Politburo’s decision to back UPA’s Pranab Mukherjee for president is being felt in the Jawaharlal Nehru University,which has been the citadel of the party’s students’ wing SFI for long.

The ripples of the CPM Politburo’s decision to back UPA’s Pranab Mukherjee for president is being felt in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),which has been the citadel of the party’s students’ wing SFI for long.

Days after Prasenjit Bose — a former SFI leader and the CPM’s prominent young face in the capital — resigned from the party to protest the decision,terming it a grave error and violation of the party’s political line,many others have followed suit.

It is learnt that two-thirds of the CPM JNU branch committee members have resigned,including reportedly president of the Delhi SFI unit Roshan Kishore and vice presidents Zico Dasgupta and P K Anand. They have,however,not resigned from the SFI.

Dasgupta was the SFI’s candidate for president in the JNU students union elections earlier this year. Sources said SFI’s JNU unit has convened an emergency meeting Thursday night to discuss the mother organisation’s decision to support the UPA nominee.

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The decision,it seems,has plunged the SFI in the JNU into turmoil. Party leaders said general secretary Prakash Karat had last week met SFI leaders from JNU,who were agitated over the party’s move and came out in open support of Bose,and explained to them the political and tactical reasons behind the decision to back Mukherjee,but it seems to have cut no ice with them.

First published on: 06-07-2012 at 02:10:58 am
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