CPM reduced to a ‘non-actor’ in politics: Somnath

Somnath Chatterjee said the CPM has reduced itself to a ‘non-actor’ in national politics.

Written by Agencies | Kochi | Published: March 3, 2009 5:18:18 pm

In a stinging attack at his former party,Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Tuesday said the CPI-M has reduced itself to a “non-actor” in national politics after withdrawing support to the Congress-led coalition describing the action as a “big blunder”.

Chatterjee also dubbed the loss of a key West Bengal Assembly by-election — Bishnupur (West) — to Trinamool Congress as a “huge embarrassment” for the CPI(M).

Describing as a “big blunder” the CPI(M)’s withdrawal of support to the UPA last July,the 79-year old veteran politician told PTI in an interview that the party has lost an opportunity to serve the people.

Chatterjee,who is on a two-day Kerala tour,also made a veiled attack on CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat by saying that the only credible leader the CPI(M) had was Jyoti Basu,who was his mentor.

“The CPI(M) has now reduced itself to a non-actor in national politics. It has failed to feel the pulse of the people and is quickly loosing mass base,” Chatterjee said,ruling out his return to the party with which he was associated for decades. Chatterjee was expelled by CPI-M for defying the party directive to quit Speakership after the Left withdrew support.

Chatterjee’s offensive against the CPI(M) is seen significant as it has come ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and close on the heels of Congress and Trinamool Congress announcing an alliance.

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