The demand for a change in CPM leadership, after the party’s worst rout in 50 years, reached the gates of the party’s West Bengal headquarters Muzaffar Ahmed Bhavan at Alimuddin Street here.
For the first time since CPM came into existence in 1964, a rally was organised outside the party headquarters by both present and expelled leaders demanding immediate removal of Biman Bose and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at state level and Prakash Karat as party’s general secretary.
“These leaders have lost contact with the masses. They are old and unable to generate new ideas. They are unable to protect the comrades. They should quit immediately,” said Subhanil Chowdhury, who was in-charge of the party’s social networking platform, before being expelled last year.
“We are not here to weaken the Left or CPM. We feel the leadership should be changed as it has repeatedly failed. There is no democracy in the party,” said former party leader Prasenjit Bose, who was expelled in 2012 for questioning the party’s decision to support Congress’s presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee.
The expelled leaders will sit on a dharna at Esplanade on Sunday, he added. Those leading the protest included branch committee secretary Tanvir Ahmed and local member Sumanta Mukherjee. Other leaders who spoke at the rally include former CPM minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah.
The AAP accused the government of "politicising" the occasion by not inviting Kejriwal.