Gautam Deb steps down from post of N 24-Pgs secretary
Kolkata: Veteran CPI-M leader Mrinal Chakraborty has replaced Gautam Deb as the secretary of the party's North 24-Parganas unit. At a meeting held in Baranagar, the existing district committee has been dismantled and a new committee with 77 members has been set up. There will be seven invited members. Deb has been unwell for quite some time and had requested Alimuddin Street to relieve him of the responsibility.
Deb, who was the Housing minister in Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's government, was a strong supporter of the alliance with Congress. He thought that CPI-M's alliance with Congress "is a historical necessity." Before the 2016 Assembly polls, he had shared dais with Congress leaders and argued in favour of the alliance. As a Central Committee member, he strongly opposed the Karat lobby, who had rejected the Bengal line and the Politburo had issued a statement which stated that the alliance was not in consonance with the party's Central Committee's decision. Despite that, Deb continued to oppose the Central Committee.
For quite some time, Deb has been suffering from a disease of the nerves and the doctors have advised him not to get involved in severe mental work. As the state Housing minister, he was instrumental in setting up of the new township at Rajarhat. He was criticised for his role as the chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and it was alleged that he had allotted many plots without any tender.