New Delhi: In a blistering attack on CPI-M
general secretary Prakash Karat, former Lok Sabha Speaker
Somnath Chatterjee has said "disastrous" policies and
"misguided" actions of the "current" leadership had resulted
in the major debacle in the 2009 general elections.
81-year-old Chatterjee, a 10-time MP who was expelled
by the CPI-M in July, 2008 after he refused to abide by the
party directive to resign as Lok Sabha Speaker, said Karat`s
"ignorance and intolerance" was demonstrated when he was
summarily shown the door without a showcause notice.
The CPI-M leadership had asked him to resign as
Speaker in the wake of its decision to withdraw support to the
UPA government over the Indo-US nuclear deal but Chatterjee
had defied the party directive.
The veteran leader has given vent to his dismay over the
state of affairs in the CPI-M in his book titled `Keeping the
Faith: Memoirs of a Parliamentarian` to be released later
"Thanks to the disastrous polices and misguided actions
of the current leadership," the Leftist movement in the
country has become "almost irrelevant", according to excerpts
from the book.
Chatterjee says the reference to Karat relating to his
expulsion occupied only a "minimal" portion in his book.
"It is not my autobiography. It contains reminiscences
of my Parliamentary tenure which started in 1971 and ended in
the 14th Lok Sabha," Chatterjee told PTI.
"I have reproduced my experiences with different
governments and parties during this period," he said adding,
"please wait for the book`s rlease".
Chatterjee spoke of a stage before the break-up when
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior UPA leaders
were regularly meeting Karat and other Left leaders for
"every proposed action".
According to the excerpts, he said the Left leaders
were wielding the "real authority" and some of the leaders
like Karat, Bardhan and some others had acquired a
larger-than-life image and influence.