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Party will respond to Somnath's book, says Karat

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KOLKATA: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) will respond to the former Lok Sabha Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee's reference to its general secretary, Prakash Karat, as arrogant and intolerant in a book written by him that is yet to be released.

“I am not answering, the party will respond,” Mr. Karat told journalists here on Sunday, when his reaction was sought to what Mr. Chatterjee had to say about him in his autobiography “Keeping the Faith: Memoirs of a Parliamentarian.”

Mr. Chatterjee was expelled from the CPI(M) in July 2008 for “seriously compromising the party position.” Mr. Karat was in the city to attend the two-day meeting of the CPI(M)'s West Bengal State Committee that concluded on the day.

Ways to strengthen the party in the course of a rectification drive was the focus of the meeting. Addressing it, Biman Bose, Secretary of the CPI(M) State Committee, said the rectification process would have to be conducted even as efforts were directed at improving the party's functioning across the State.

This could be done through a better implementation of the party's policy of democratic centralism, he added.

The various district and zonal committees of the CPI(M) will have to aim at deepening the party's relations with the people.

Members of the State Committee expressed their views on the rectification drive.

The meeting noted the need to politically counter the attack of various forces on the party and its partners in the Left Front. Also discussed were the party's struggle to protect the democratic atmosphere which was being vitiated by certain forces in the Opposition, besides left-wing extremists who have been active in some parts of the State.

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