Kshiti abides by RSP directive, to continue in office

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Kolkata, Nov 29 (UNI) The revolt of West Bengal PWD Minister Kshiti Goswami turned out to be a damp squib today when he decided to continue in the office following a directive of his party, the RSP.

''It was unanimous in our party that Mr Goswami should continue as a Minister. He too has accepted the decision as a loyal solider of the party,'' RSP State Secretary Debabrata Bandopadhyay announced after the party's state committee meeting.

Mr Goswami, who spat fire against the Front leader CPI(M) for the Nandigram incidents, stopped attending his office for quite sometime after declaring that he would quit the Ministry.

However, Mr Bandopadhyay said the maverick Minister would resume his duty ''as early as possible''.

Mr Bandopadhyay said the decision was taken taking into consideration the requests from the Forward Bloc and CPI, two other Front partners, going in league with the RSP to air the voice of dissent against various policy and administrative decisions of the Government.

Veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu had also requested Mr Goswami not to pull out and cause damage to the Left unity, he said.

While the RSP itself had sent out a veiled threat to come out of the Ministry, Mr Bandopadhyay said the party would continue its movement ''from within and not from outside''.

UNI

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