People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 26, 2006
STATE secretary of the Bengal unit of the CPI(M) Anil Biswas, who suffered a massive brain haemorrhage on March 18, 2006, while still critical has shown for the second day running signs of marginal improvement. The CPI(M) Polit Bureau member who is 62 is now on a partial and not full life support system. The medical team supervising Anil Biswas health believes that the ventilator could be withdrawn for short periods as he continued to improve.
Anil Biswas suffered a cerebra-vascular attack with brain haemorrhage during the evening of 18 March. He was admitted to a south Kolkata medical institution the same evening. He has already undergone two instances of brain surgery with the team of neurological surgeons looking after him successfully attempting to clear the clotted blood that had been caused by the haemorrhage.
The doctors have confirmed, following a CT scan, slight improvement in the neurological situation of Anil Biswas. Anil Biswas’s heart rate, blood pressure, and other clinical indices continue to be steady.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Biman Basu stated that the medical team was trying its level best to look after Anil Biswas whose condition had not deteriorated any further for the past couple of days.
Briefing the media at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan on the early afternoon of March 20, Prakash Karat, general secretary of the CPI (M), who had earlier met the state secretariat of the Bengal unit of the Party, said that the two Polit Bureau members from Bengal, Biman Basu, and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee would henceforth share some of the responsibilities that Anil Biswas had shouldered. "We wish Anil Biswas a speedy recovery," said Prakash Karat. CPI(M) Polit Bureau members Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat also rushed to Kolkata and visited the hospital.
The election campaign in Bengal, assured Prakash Karat, was in full swing, and he said that he had no doubt that the entire Bengal unit of the CPI(M) would participate in the election campaign and, declared the CPI(M) leader, "we shall win the Assembly election."
In the meanwhile, leaders and workers of the CPI(M) and the Left Front, and innumerable people who form the massive support base of the CPI(M) in Bengal have been thronging the institution where Anil Biswas is being treated. Leaders of the opposition have also gone to see the ailing CPI (M) leader. (B P)