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I violated party discipline, says Jyoti Basu
April 11, 2008 13:18 IST
In an unprecedented admission, Communist Party of India-Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu on Friday said he had breached party discipline by openly canvassing for maverick West Bengal transport minister Subhas Chakraborty's induction into the Central Committee as well as the state secretariat.
"What I have said about Subhas (to the media) is against party discipline. I should not have said that," the veteran Marxist leader told media persons at the Alimuddin Street party office before the state secretariat meeting.
Basu further said, "I can say it within the party, but I cannot say it outside."
Apparently displeased at Chakraborty's non-inclusion in the powerful Central Committee of the party, Basu had stated on Tuesday that he wanted him (Subhas) to be inducted into both the Central Committee as well as the state secretariat.
Chakraborty, regarded as Basu's protege, had said that he had no regret over his non-inclusion in the newly-constituted CPI-M Central Committee at Coimbatore.