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Honour Speaking

Many in the CPI(M) want Somnath to return. He wants an invite.

Honour Speaking
Sandipan Chatterjee
Honour Speaking
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Old Veteran’s Tale

  • There has been speculation regarding Somnath Chatterjee’s return to the CPI(M). He was expelled in 2008.
  • At a meeting with Sitaram Yechury, he ruled it out, citing ill-health
  • It’s known that he’s not averse to returning, but wants an invitation from the party. He won’t apply for a return.
  • That, however, is against strict party guidelines. Therein lies the impasse regarding Somnath’s re-induction.

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“Let me tell you something I have never told anyone,” Somnath Chatterjee says, speaking to Outlook in an interview from his home in Shantiniketan, in the midst of widespread speculation that he is rejoining the Communist Party of India (Marxist). “I will never make that application to the party to take me back. And since that’s a prerequisite for an expelled member to be reinstated I don’t see how it can ever become a...

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