Efforts to bring back Somnath into CPM

West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has said he has been making efforts in his "own way" to bring leaders like Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee back into the CPM fold. 

 

"I miss him. For us, losing a personality like Somnath and a leader like him ... on the part of the party and also on a personal level is a bit painful," Bhattacharjee said in an interview to a local television channel. 

 

The chief minister was asked if it would be possible to set aside personal feelings and egos to get leaders like Chatterjee and former MP Saifuddin Chowdhury, who had been expelled from the CPM, back into the party fold. 

 

Bhattacharjee replied: "An individual doesn't make the party. The party is made up of several people. I can say this much that I am doing it in my own way". 

 

The chief minister, however, did not specify whether his efforts were intended towards the return of both leaders or only Chatterjee. 

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