Biman Basu remains CPI(M) State Secretary

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Kolkata, Jan 17 (UNI) Mr Biman Basu remained the CPI(M) state Secretary as the 22nd state conference of the party ended here today, inducting 12 new faces in the 87-member new committee.

Addressing the delegates, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said the happenings in Nandigram did not reflect the general picture of the state as the state Government had received wide response to the drive for setting up industries and development of infrastructure in districts.

Speaking in reply to a discussion on ''The Left Front Government, Panchayats, Municipal bodies and our tasks'', he said this would be possible through setting up of heavy, small and medium industries.

He also reiterated the need for strengthening agriculture and exploring setting up of new agri-based industries.

Stressing that proper rehabilitation was necessary for those, whose land would be taken for industries, Mr Bhattacharjee said his Government was committed to providing alternative livelihood to all such people, besides the recorded and unrecorded bargadars and agricultural labourers.

He said the Left Front Government in the state was at a crossroad and it was moving ahead on the basis of experience without following any pre-determined model.

The four-day conference was attended among others by the party general secretary Prakash Karat, his Polit Bureau colleagues Brinda Karat, Sitaram Yechuri and S R Pillai besides veteran leader Jyoti Basu.

It uninamously adopted the political organisation report and several resolutions on current international, national and state-specific issues.

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