Kolkata, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

The CPI(M) today said 'no one' from the party's West Bengal unit would go to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.

"I can say that no one from our party's state unit is going to attend the ceremony. We boycotted the swearing-in programme also in the past when the BJP came to power at the Centre," Leader of the Opposition and CPI(M) Politbureau member Surjyakanta Mishra told reporters.

Replying a question whether the party was nationally boycotting the programme, Mr Mishra said "I can't say. I am not the spokesperson for the Politbureau. This can be answered only by them."

Commenting on the demand for change in the leadership of the CPI(M), which along with other Left partners suffered a crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, Mr Mishra said raising such demands at present amounted to 'anarchism' and 'nihilism'.

"The party has a process of convening conferences, where leadership is reconstituted and such a conference is going to be held soon," he said.

Mr Mishra said he had written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asking her to take steps against rampant attacks on Left workers, which continued unabated after the poll results were declared.

(Posted on 24-05-2014)