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Mollah to skip CPM meet

Abdur Rezzak Mollah

Calcutta, Jan. 1: CPM veteran Abdur Rezzak Mollah today said he would not attend a party state committee meeting for the third time in a row, adding he would not inform the leadership and daring it to take action against him.

A section in the CPM, however, said Alimuddin Street “could not afford” to take action against Mollah, 72, as he was the party’s minority face in South 24-Parganas and a mass leader.

“I won’t attend Saturday’s state committee meeting like on two earlier occasions. This will be the third time in a row that I will stay away from the meeting without informing the leadership in advance. Let them take disciplinary action against me,” Mollah, an eight-time MLA from Canning, told The Telegraph this afternoon.

Mollah said he had told the leadership in August that he wanted to leave politics. “At the last state committee meeting I attended (in August), I had told my leaders that I no longer wanted to be in politics. But the leadership is keeping silent. I want them to act against me,” he added.

Meetings of the CPM state committee, the highest decision-making body at the state level, is usually held once every month to chalk out organisational strategies. If a leader cannot attend a session, he or she has to inform the leadership at least a week in advance unless it is an emergency.

“A state committee member cannot abstain from our monthly sessions repeatedly without prior information. An explanation could be sought from Mollah for his repeated absence,” CPM state secretariat member Mohammad Salim said today.

CPM sources said the leadership might not take any action against Mollah, who had been censured earlier for speaking out against the party, before the Lok Sabha elections.

“Rezzakda is the party’s minority face in South 24-Parganas and a mass leader. Besides, he has been elected eight times from the Canning East Assembly seat,” a state committee member said tonight.

He said efforts were being made to persuade Mollah to “once again get actively involved” in organisational work. “Rezzakda’s dissociation from the party might cost us dear, particularly in South 24-Parganas where he still wields considerable clout,” the source added.

A CPM leader in South 24-Parganas said: “After the 2011 Assembly elections, Rezzakda had been publicly critical of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Nirupam Sen. Rezzakda had then been let off with a warning. No further action was taken to avert a split in the organisation in the district.”

Mollah said today that he would devote more time to the NGO he floated recently “to address the problems of the downtrodden and the minorities”.

“The NGO will address issues that my party neglected all these years. I will devote more time to the NGO,” the leader said.

Mollah said he would actively associate himself with the CPM organisation provided it was “overhauled”.

“The party has to be overhauled because those at the helm these days have failed to perform. Only then will I consider associating myself actively with the organisation,” he said.

Mollah said he had made such a suggestion at the state committee meeting in August. “But so far, the leadership has not acted on it. This is why I am gradually withdrawing myself from the party,” he said.