Kolkata: Apparently suggesting a change in the CPI(M) leadership in West Bengal following its latest reverses in the municipal polls, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Wednsday suggested removal of the `captain`.
"At all levels it depends on a leader, captain and the general for success. For example, why is a coach sacked after a team suffers defeat, Perhaps the same is applicable," Chatterjee said on the sidelines of a programme here.
He was replying to a question whether a change in the state CPI(M) leadership was necessary following the electoral debacles.
Chatterjee said that Left oriented politics in the interest of the working class and middle class was getting weakened.
"Those parties which are connected with this politics, I request them to analyse this because the future is more important and not the power," the 84-year-old veteran said.
A day earlier, the ruling Trinamool Congress swept the municipal polls winning eight of the 12 civic bodies.
Chatterjee was expelled by the CPI(M) during the July, 2008 trust vote in the Lok Sabha following his refusal to quit the Speaker`s post in line with the directive of the party with which he was associated for four decades.
The party had hoped that Chatterjee would quit before the confidence vote, but he went ahead and presided over the proceedings of the two-day Special Session.