CPI(M) politburo member Biman Bose today rubbished Somnath Chatterjee's scathing comments on party general secretary Prakash Karat and criticised the former Lok Sabha Speaker for dragging Jyoti Basu's name into the controversy.
"I feel that these are rubbish. If somebody wants to malign the party, that is in bad taste and is sad," Bose, the state party secretary, told reporters to a query on Chatterjee's accusations.
Chatterjee, who was expelled from CPI(M) for refusing to resign from the post of Lok Sabha Speaker before confidence vote in Parliament in 2008, has made several comments on Karat and the present party leadership in his book 'Keeping the Faith: Memoirs of a Parliamentarian'.
Chatterjee has said the "disastrous" policies and "misguided" actions of the "current" leadership had resulted in the major debacle in the 2009 general elections and that Karat's "ignorance and intolerance" was demonstrated when he was summarily shown the door without a showcause notice.
Criticising Chatterjee for dragging late CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu's name into the controversy, Bose said, "Anybody can present a dead man's comments anyway he wants. Whether he has really said that cannot be confirmed or denied.
"Jyotibabu is no more, one should not put words into his mouth. Communist etiquette does not allow such behaviour," Bose, who is also the Left Front chairman said after a LF meeting here.
He said Basu's was a handwritten note, which Chatterjee had quoted in the book and questioned how the former Speaker could have access to it when he was not a member of the politburo.
Bose denied media reports that he had said the party whip did not apply to the Speaker. "Party discipline applies to all members."