KOLKATA: Former CPM general secretary Prakash Karat was responsible for the ‘crisis’ in CPM, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has said. “Had Sitaram (Yechury) resigned on Sunday following the voting (on the political tactical line) the party would have been on the path of being obliterated. He has been trying hard to put the pieces together, but there is a limit to tolerance,” Chatterjee told ET.
A decade after his expulsion from CPM, for not stepping down from the Speaker’s post after it withdrew support to the UPA government, Chatterjee said “in a sense, Karat’s victory is Modi’s victory. Under the previous general secretary, the party was on the course of extinction. All his decisions and policies cost the party a lot. And it started when he refused to allow Jyoti Basu become the PM, followed by his decision to withdraw support to the UPA,” he said.