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Kolkata: CPI-M has revamped its West Bengal state committee by shelving as many as 20 veteran leaders including former Polit Bureau member and former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Interestingly, Gautam Deb, who is known for his terse public comments over party decisions, has been retained in the new state committee. Another veteran leader, Biman Bose, too has remained untouched as, despite age, he is active in the party.

The new state committee was announced this evening at the end of a three-day long 25th state conference of the party in Kolkata attended by party general secretary Sitaram Yechuri, Polit Bureau members Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat, and MA Baby as central observers.

Apart from Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, other veteran leaders who have been dropped from the state committee are Shyamal Chakraborty, Madan Ghosh, Ashim Dasgupta, Basudeb Acharia, Deepak Sarkar, Nirupam Sen, and Kanti Ganguly.

Bhattacharjee had requested the party to shelve him from the state committee due to ill health; the others have been dropped as they have crossed 75 years, the maximum age limit set by CPI-M’s last party congress for remaining in crucial posts.

All the eight of them has, however, been made special invitees in the 80-member state committee. There are 18 new faces in the revamped committee. Surjya Kanta Mishra has been re-elected the state secretary.

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