The CPI(M) Central Committee met here on Wednesday to discuss its approach towards Congress and BJP and fine-tune the strategy to be adopted by it in the upcoming Assembly polls in West Bengal and Kerala.
The meeting, however, was not attended by West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, who has been skipping meetings of the top leaders of the party following reported differences with them.
The three-day meeting, which began this morning, would also discuss the contents of a political and organisational report, critically reviewing implementation of the goals set by the 2008 Coimbatore Congress of the CPI(M). This report will be placed before the meeting of extended Central Committee next month in Vijayawada.
“A draft political resolution containing the political and tactical line of the party, prepared by the Polit Bureau earlier this month, would be placed before the 87-member Central Committee for debate and adoption,” a senior party leader said.
Besides the draft resolution, a review of the implementation of the political and tactical line taken during the past three years will also be discussed by the Central Committee, the leader said.
While a section in the party still believes that a political understanding with the Congress can make the party more relevant at the national level, there is another line of thought which holds that the party should maintain distance from both the Congress and the BJP.
Those holding the latter view feel that though Congress is a secular formation, its “anti-people” economic policies have led to the spiralling prices and other problems facing the people.
Hence, there should be no question of having an understanding with the Congress as well as the BJP which, the party feels, is communal, this group opines.
In the context of Kerala, a large section of the party feels that the opposition Congress-led UDF was mobilising various communal and casteist forces to take on ruling LDF.
However in West Bengal, a section thinks that isolating the Congress from Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, even to a certain extent, could help the Left gain some lost ground.