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Youth leader resigns from CPI (M) on support to Pranab

PTI 22 Jun 2012, 20:13:03 IST
New Delhi, Jun 22: CPI (M)'s decision to support Pranab Mukherjee in the Presidential poll has set off rumblings in the party with a “shocked” young leader today quitting the organization dubbing the move as a “grave error”.

 Prasenjit Bose, a PHD in Economics from JNU and a familiar face in TV channels debate, announced his resignation through an “open letter” arguing that the party Polit Bureau's decision to support Mukherjee was “against” the line taken by the Party Congress held in Kerala earlier this year.

“I protest against the decision by the Polit Bureau to support the candidature of Pranab Mukherjee...I consider this to be a grave error which will harm the party and disturb Left unity,” Bose said in the letter.

There was no response from CPI(M) on the resignation of Bose who is the former head of party's research unit.

 Bose, who used to appear on news channels to defend the party on Nandigram, Singur land acquisition and other issues, sang a different tune in the letter attacking CPI(M) leadership saying it has committed “one mistake after another since 2007”.

He mentioned the “coercive” land acquisition in West Bengal, the Nandigram police firing, allowing the UPA government to approach the IAEA with the Indo-US nuclear deal, giving a call for a non-Congress secular government in 2009 and then accepting them in a “cavalier manner in party conferences without fixing proper responsibility and conducting rectification thereon as the mistakes”.

Bose, who is perceived to be close to CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, had in the recent Party Congress abstained from voting on CPI(M)'s ideological document as they did not agree with it that termed China and North Korea socialist countries.