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Poor health causes CPM stalwarts to resign

Apr 01, 2008 02:05 AM IST India India

Coimbatore: Founder members of the CPM, Jyoti basu and Harkishen Singh Surjeet, who steered the party through many troubled times are handing over the baton for good. CNN-IBN has learnt that the party will bow to the wishes of the two stalwarts - both constrained by ill health – to be relieved from the Politburo. However, they will continue as permanent invitees. Harkishen Singh Surjeet, also known as the Chanakya for craftily stitching up alliances will be credited with marrying communist ideology to mainstream politics. His Teen Murti road residence has seen the formation and fate of many governments being decided. "Surjeet worked 18 hours a day. He’s like race horse,” said Central Committee’s M A Baby. As for the charismatic West Bengal patriarch, Writers Building and Allimudin Street will be unwilling to let him retire just yet. Jyoti Basu to this day remains a sentinel for the West Bengal CPM and is India's longest serving CM, known for his masterful handling of coalition partners. Now, more than ever, Basu will be needed as Buddhadeb implements his vision for change. The 19th party Congress may be their farewell but as the famous saying goes, a Communist never retires.