Friday, 22 June, 2018

CPI(M) to not have alliance with Cong, but understanding: Sitaram, says Yechury

CPI(M) accepts Yechury's political line for ties with Congress Karat relents, agrees to have political understanding with Congress
Charlie Simmons | 25 April, 2018, 15:57

Some minor amendments to the official resolution of Karat, like allowing the party to have an issue based understanding with Congress, are seen by some observers as a victory of sorts to Yechury and his group, but in essence, it won't have any impact on the line championed by Karat.

Although initially everyone played down the possibility of a change of guard, it became evident that the Karat camp was exploring the possibility of dethroning Yechury after the election of the fresh central committee. The Politburo had to meet twice and discussions, which began Saturday night, continued till Sunday morning.

The Karat-led faction supported by the Kerala unit of the CPI (M) had been steadfastly opposed to so much as a political understanding with the congress.

However, Yechury and others argued that Sarkar leaving Tripura, barely a month after the party suffered a defeat in the assembly polls there, would be demoralising for the state unit. Of the five general secretaries of the party so far, all have been upper-caste men. The last Politburo had 16 members. The party's 95-member central committee, its highest policymaking body, was also appointed at the congress. Former West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya was dropped as a special invitee while V S Achuthanandan retained his place as a special invitee.

"The political organisational report has said that what happened in 2016 is not in consonance with the political line (adopted) in the past".

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He said the CPI (M) has emerged united from this congress and it is determined to carry out "our revolutionary task" to put forth an alternative policy framework. In fact, Congress will be treated just like any other secular party and will get no preferential treatment at the national level. Thus the argument that a decisive contribution to the fight against Hindutva could only be made by a strong left and democratic front that took a firm position against both Hindutva and neo-liberalism. The CPI (M) politburo has not had a Dalit member since the party was founded 53 years ago.

The CPI-M Politburo member also said that the resolution makes it clear that the CPI-M doesn't equate BJP and Congress. "BJP is now the main party representing corporate interests".

"Politically, ideologically and on the question of economic programme and policies, this government is anti-people, out and out pro-rich and thoroughly reactionary..."

"At a time when minorities and dalits are getting attacked, the need of the hour is a coming together of secular forces to counter the fascism of the sangh parivar".

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