Consensus eludes top CPM leaders on Cong

CPI(M) once again failed to reach a consensus on its approach towards Congress party in a stormy Polit Bureau meeting on Monday to decide on the outline for draft political resolution for next year’s Party Congress.

As there was no common ground on having truck with Congress, sources said, the pro-Congress and anti-Congress viewpoints would now be placed before the three-day Central Committee meeting scheduled to begin on October 14.

The meeting saw supporters of General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, who are in a minority in the Polit Bureau and wants a change in party’s political tactical line to accommodate Congress, and Prakash Karat vociferously putting their point. This was the second meeting of the Polit Bureau within a month to finalise the outline.

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The factional feud in the CPI(M) is likely to intensify in the run up to the Party Congress in Hyderabad in April next year and a section led by Karat may object to giving Yechury a second term as General Secretary. With S Ramachandran Pillai crossing the 80-year-old mark, the Karat faction may toy with the idea of replacing Yechury with Brinda Karat or B V Raghavulu.

Yechury was made the General Secretary in 2015 though Karat, the then General Secretary, and his camp were in favour of Pillai.

Sources said the battle has now moved to the Central Committee that would see the Bengal unit, who is for a pro-Congress approach, and Kerala unit, which is vehemently against any tie-up with the main opposition party, fighting for supremacy. Yechury has the support of Bengal unit while Kerala unit backs Karat.

While Yechury camp is arguing that the political situation has changed drastically after the 2015 Party Congress and there is a need for reviewing the line, Karat faction is of the view that all these “possible changes” were factored in while finalising the political line three years ago.

The draft resolution will be finalised by the Central Committee in January next year and put in public domain for discussions before the Party Congress finalises it. During this period, public and party units can suggest amendments while delegates also can suggest changes to the resolution during the Party Congress.

After the last Polit Bureau meeting on September 7, Yechury had said the conditions have changed since the last Party Congress in 2015 and that its analysis and alignment accordingly will change. “The basic essential element of Marxism is concrete analysis of concrete conditions,” he had then said.

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on Oct 3, 2017)

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