CPI(M) should accept mistakes, says Azhikode

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Sukumar Azhikode, critic, has said that no political party is above people and such a misconception is one of the reasons for the setback suffered by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the Lok Sabha elections.

At a press conference at the Press Club here on Tuesday, Prof. Azhikode said that in politics, there was a fundamental question of what the biggest factor was.

“The answer to that question is ‘people.’ Any political party that gives any other answer will suffer. ‘Party’ is a wrong answer to that question,” he said. He, however, said the belief that the party was the most important was partially correct in the sense that it was bigger than its members.

“But to interpret that the party is bigger than even people is wrong. It was such misinterpretation and carelessness of the Marxist party that helped Mamta Banerjee wrest control from it in places such as Nandigram [in West Bengal],” he said.

Quoting Gandhiji, Prof. Azhikode said there was nothing wrong in the party admitting that it had made a blunder.

On Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan’s post-election stance, he said, “A defeat to the party he represents is his defeat.”

Disagreements, he said, are bound to happen in any party with one side getting prominence.

He regarded the election verdict as a ‘language’ expressed by the people. Each political party should interpret that language honestly and take home the message. “But going by the reactions of political party leaders, it seems as if many of them have not understood it correctly,” he said.

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