Friday, April 15, 2011

No wrong in Somnath invite: Yechury

Calcutta : CPM leader Sitaram Yechury today said he found “nothing wrong” in housing minister Gautam Deb’s invitation to expelled party leader Somnath Chatterjee to speak at a rally in Dum Dum on April 24.

“What’s wrong with Somnathda campaigning for our candidate? We are appealing to voters to support us. Similarly, he was requested to be a speaker at one of our election meetings. There’s nothing to raise a hue and cry about,’’ the politburo member said at a news conference in Alimuddin Street today.

Asked if the party was thinking of taking back Chatterjee, Yechury said: “Anybody who is ideologically not different from us can be asked to campaign for our party. But the question of taking him back is a different issue. That is not on the agenda now’’.

Yesterday, Deb, the CPM candidate from Dum Dum, had announced that he had requested the former Lok Sabha Speaker to address a rally in his constituency.

Yechury hit out at Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for alleging that the CPM was in cahoots with the BJP. “She was with the NDA once. After that, she left the NDA and went into an alliance with the Congress. Later, she snapped her ties with the Congress and rejoined the NDA. Now she is with the Congress. After all this flip-flop, she is talking about a CPM-BJP nexus. That’s not only baseless but strange,’’ Yechury said.


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