He also said that the party has lost an opportunity to serve the people. Criticising CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat, Somnath said that the only credible leader of the party is Jyoti Basu, who is his mentor. The Speaker expressed his concern over the criminalisation and communalisation' of politics which he said had 'greatly vitiated the country's political system'.
Somnath criticised media for poor coverage of Parliamentary proceedings.
Speaker who is busy penning his memoirs asked the older politicians to give way for young blood. "To make our Parliament and political system more effective, India requires larger number of committed and well-meaning youth to come forward to occupy the political space," he said.