Kolkata: The CPI-M on Thursday said that the
party`s expelled leader and former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath
Chatterjee was welcome to campaign for the Left Front in the
West Bengal Assembly elections.
"Somnath Chatterjee, Dr Ashok Mitra are welcome. Anybody
who wants to extend support to Left Front are welcome. We have
taken a clear stand," CPI-M General Secretary Prakash told
reporters here when asked about Chatterjee campaigning for the
party in the Assembly poll.
Chatterjee had been expelled from the party in 2008 on
the ground of `seriously compromising` its position after the
UPA-I Government won the trust vote in the Parliament
following withdrawal of support by the Left parties during the
Indo-US nuclear deal.
CPI-M candidate and Housing Minister Gautam Deb had
earlier stated that Chatterjee and economist Dr Ashok Mitra
would campaign in the Dum Dum constituency from where he was
Chatterjee had confirmed that he would campaign for Deb
if permitted by doctors.
Chatterjee was also a signatory to a leaflet appealing to
people to help in forming an eight consecutive Left Front
government in the state.
The leaflet, which was distributed in Bolpur, where he
resides, highlighted the success of the Left Front government
and criticised the `whimsical activities` of Mamata Banerjee
as the Railway Minister.