And has expressed a wish to retire
But his party I believe,
Will not let him leave -
The politburo till he reaches the pyre!
Zee News Kolkata, Sept 11,2006: Citing ill health, the CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu on Monday once again offered to step down from politburo and said he would raise the matter at a meeting of the party`s top policy-making body beginning here tomorrow. Read about it here