The top CPI(M) leadership on Saturday deliberated on the national political situation and reviewed the latest Assembly and bye-election results as it decided to implement a rectification drive within the party.

“It has been decided to start (the rectification drive) from the top, that is the Polit Bureau and the Central Committee and take it down to the local level units,” senior party leader Biman Bose told reporters in New Delhi.

A document was adopted by the Central Committee in October to carry out the campaign at the political, ideological and organisational level to “remove the wrong trends and shortcomings so that the party emerges more unified and strengthened”, party sources said.

The document contains guidelines for strengthening democratic centralism as the organisational principle of the CPI(M), besides ensuring integration of parliamentary and extra-parliamentary work, maintenance of “communist norms and values and remoulding the outlook of the party members towards upholding progressive values,” they said.

Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said the top leadership also held detailed discussion on the recent assembly polls and bye-elections in various States and reviewed the party’s performance in it.

On the continuing Maoist violence in West Bengal, Mr. Bose accused the Trinamool Congress of being “hand in gloves” with the Maoists in carrying out targeted attacks against party activists after “carefully selecting the targets in a planned manner“.

Mr. Bose, who is the Chairman of the ruling Left Front, said the Trinamool leaders, “including MPs, MLAs and even Ministers, are campaigning in college student union elections and mobilising non-students and hoodlums“.

He said the State government was taking necessary steps to maintain law and order, which was being “systematically targeted and disrupted by the main opposition (Trinamool)“.

The party has accused the UPA government of its “failure” to stem rising prices and on its disinvestment policy, among other things.

The Polit Bureau would also review the agitational programmes being carried out in different parts of the country, which would culminate in a massive joint rally of Left parties in March, the sources said.

The Politburo is also critically reviewing the government’s stand on issues relating to climate change and WTO negotiations, besides the End Use Monitoring Agreement with the United States on arms purchased from it.

It is also opposing a proposed legislation on Nuclear Liability saying all such moves were being undertaken to favour American companies which would supply nuclear reactors to India.

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