Party constitution has provisions for appeal: Karat

Special Correspondent

Reiterates that it is up to Somnath to decide whether to continue as Speaker

Karat urges for consolidation of Left Front unity

Necessary steps should be taken to seek people’s support

Kolkata: The constitution of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has provisions for appeal, party general secretary Prakash Karat said here on Sunday in the context of Somnath Chatterjee’s expulsion from the CPI(M).

“Our party constitution has made provisions for appeal,” Mr. Karat said when asked by newspersons whether the CPI(M) leadership would consider taking Mr. Chatterjee back into the party if he so desired.

“As far as the matter is concerned I do not want to say anything; we have made a statement a few days ago [on the issue],” Mr. Karat said.

On whether there was any contradiction in the stand of the CPI(M) leadership in expelling Mr. Chatterjee even though the party had stated earlier that it was for him to decide whether to continue as the Speaker, Mr. Karat reiterated: “Whether he [Mr. Chatterjee] continues as Speaker is for him to decide.”

“But whether he [Mr. Chatterjee] should be in the party or not is for the party to decide,” he said.

Referring to the blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, Mr. Karat said the government and the security and intelligence agencies should take all steps to crack down on terrorists and the groups backing them.

The entire country was worried over the developments. “Our sympathies are with all those who lost their beloved ones in the blasts,” Mr. Karat added.

Mr. Karat had come here to attend the two-day meeting of the party’s West Bengal State Committee that concluded on Sunday.

During the meeting, Mr. Karat underlined the need to reinforce the political initiative to win back those who had not supported the party in the recent panchayat polls. He also urged for consolidation of Left Front unity by overcoming the existing differences between the parties concerned.

There was need to work on any shortcoming that might be evident in the functioning of the State government. Necessary steps should be taken to seek the people’s support while implementing future plans for industrialisation, he said.

He also said that the effects of India’s strategic partnership with the Untied States was not a question of the nuclear deal alone. It also related to the nation’s socio-economic and foreign policies. The fight to protect the interests of the people was connected with the struggles against price rise and the nuclear deal.

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