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    Buddhadeb reaches out to WB youth via web chat

    Kolkata: Communist apparatchiks, who were once disdainful of technology and called it a "capitalist passion" designed to rob the masses of labour-intensive jobs, are now embracing it to keep abreast of the times, particularly when it comes to reaching out to younger voters in West Bengal.

    Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will, for the first time, answer direct questions from the people through his newly launched website. The website www.buddhdebbhattacharjee.net provides the people a unique opportunity to interact with the chief minister, who would himself reply to the queries posted by them, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) sources said.

    The website has a section 'Face-to-Face', where the people can email their questions to the chief minister along with their phone numbers and addresses. It also has details about the chief minister's personal and political life. There is also a list of some original writings and translated works of Bhattacharjee, known for his cultural orientation.

    It also contains important speeches delivered by him on various occasions and highlights the important achievements of the seventh Left Front government. Besides, the website lists the vision and mission of the Left Front for the upcoming six-phase polls.

    The Front, which has been in power for 34 years since 1977, is facing its toughest battle in this year's polls.