Party will react to Somnath`s charges, says Karat
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Last Updated: Monday, July 26, 2010, 00:20
Kolkata: Under attack from veteran leader Somnath Chatterjee over the Left's electoral debacle, CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat Sunday remained tight-lipped about criticism of his leadership and said his party would react to it.

"I won't respond. My party will react (to Chatterjee's charge)," Karat told reporters here emerging from the two-day state committee meeting of the CPI-M which concluded today.

"He (Chatterjee) is not in the party. So I don't need to react," he said when asked on the charge that he has made the Left movement irrelevant.

Before leaving for Delhi, he said that the extended central committee meeting of the CPI-M in Vijaywada next month would decide on programmes against the neo-liberal policies pursued by the Congress-led UPA government.

In a blistering attack on Karat, Chatterjee, 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, has said "disastrous" policies and "misguided" actions of the "current" leadership had resulted in the major debacle in the 2009 general elections.

The former Lok Sabha Speaker 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 this month.


First Published: Monday, July 26, 2010, 00:20

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