After successive debacles in Lok Sabha and other polls, senior CPI(M) leaders today began discussing the party’s organisational report which outlines drawbacks that have led to such electoral performance and the reasons for fissures within. The discussion was taken up after a section of the CPI(M) Central Committee felt no politicaltactical line would work if the organisation was not strong enough, party sources said.
The almost 100 member Central Committee, which began a crucial 4day meeting in New Delhi yesterday, was earlier debating an official draft political document and a counter moved by Politburo member Sitaram Yechury, reflecting differences over how to come out of the political morass.
Asked about Yechury’s alternative note, senior CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia said there was no alternative note. There is nothing unprecedented about it. There are so many notes which have been moved. Every party member has a right to put forth his or her views in this democratic forum. All views are being discussed here.
Acharia also said the final document emerging out of this debate, would represent all the views and the Party Congress, slated in April 2015, would take a final decision. Another CPI(M) leader said, We are discussing different political lines and there is nothing individual as is being focused by the media. We will let you know after the discussion is over. At the Central Committee’s brainstorming session yesterday,
Yechury had placed a fivepage report which is understood to be supportive of the line adopted at the CPI(M)’s Jalandhar Congress in 1978. As per this line, CPI(M) was to take the lead in forming broad nonCongress, antiBJP forum of secular, democratic parties. Apparently, it blames the faulty implementation of this line over the last decade, during the tenure of General Secretary Prakash Karat, for the drastic decline in CPI(M)’s national strength.
In 2004, CPI(M) had 44 MPs in Lok Sabha when it had supported the Congressled UPA to form government at the Centre. Four years later, the Left withdrew support to UPAI and subsequently, its strength continued to decline and has fallen to nine now. During this period, CPI(M) fortunes fell in its strongholds of West Bengal and Kerala too.
Now with the communal BJP ruling at the Centre and gaining strength in states, party sources said a fresh politicaltactical line would have to be adopted to face the challenge and regain the party’s strength. The party feels that the ruling dispensation was a combination of corporate power and RSSled Hindutva forces. A large section of the party feels communalism was also raising its head in West Bengal which had seen no such tension over the past four decades.
The overwhelming feeling in the ideological battle behind closed doors is that the fight against the rightwing offensive has to be met by a more united and strengthened Left. CPI(M) should take the initiative to rally all Left forces so that a broad Left platform emerges to fight the neo liberal policies, communalism and imperialism, many party leaders feel.
All the Left parties and groups should be brought together for a united stand and joint activities, this section in the Central Committee feels. Once the draft is finalised, it would be open for debate among all the rungs of the party from the lowest ground level branches to state committees, over the next fourfive months. The final draft, along with amendments moved by any member during this process, would be placed before the Party Congress to be held at Visakhapatnam in April next year for adoption. This Party Congress would see Karat handing down the mantle to a new General Secretary at the end of his term.
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