CPM Losing Mass Base, says Chatterjee
Posted by Sole on March 13, 2009
This article originally appeared on The Times of India.
CPM Reduced To A ‘Non-Actor’ In Indian Politics: Somnath
3 Mar 2009
KOCHI: In a stinging attack at his former party, Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Tuesday said the CPM 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 CPM.
Describing as a “big blunder” the CPM’s withdrawal of support to the UPA last July, the 79-year old veteran politician said 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 CPM general secretary Prakash Karat by saying that the only credible leader the CPM had was Jyoti Basu, who was his mentor.
“The CPM 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 CPM for defying the party directive to quit as speaker after the Left withdrew support.
Chatterjee’s offensive against the CPM 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.