Vijayawada: "Communalist forces, imperialist
forces and corporate media" are the three villains that the
CPI(M) feels have ganged up to weaken it not only in West
Bengal but also in other states of the country.
"Our relentless fight against neo-liberal policies and
communal forces has led to ganging up of all reactionary
forces against the Left. Communalist forces, imperialist
forces and corporate media are seeking to weaken the Left,"
CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury noted here today.
Briefing newsmen about the discussions on the third day
at the Extended Central Committee meeting of the CPI(M) here,
Yechury said even the Church was "entering into the political
arena along with the reactionary forces" in West Bengal and
Kerala to attack the party.
In fact, this view was reflected in the party resolution
on West Bengal and Kerala wherein it said: "The Indian ruling
classes have mounted a concerted offensive against the CPI(M)
in its strongest bastions to weaken the resistance to their
unbridled loot through the neo-liberal economic trajectory.
"In West Bengal, an alliance of all reactionary forces
led by the Trinamool Congress is sought to be forged to defeat
the Left Front in the coming Assembly elections in May 2011.
All right-wing forces, including communal and fundamentalist
elements, foreign-funded NGOs and corporate media have joined
hands with the Maoist-backed TMC in the effort."
"We want the Church not to take its position in
politics," the CPM leader appealed.
Responding to queries on the West Bengal affairs, Yechury
said their shortcomings were on the political, organisational
and government fronts.
"We have not lost base completely in West Bengal, but the
influence of the Left on people has declined. Only our
electoral decline is visible. Now that the Opposition in the
state is united there is need for us to alienate discontent
among the people," he said.
He also noted that the "Index of Opposition unity" in
West Bengal was on a high. He said the CPI(M) was working on
measures to overcome the alienation of people in West Bengal
by re-forging links with the masses.
"Why should I presume what the verdict of people of West
Bengal will be in the elections next year," he shot back when
asked about the likely outcome of May 2011 polls.
On whether the CPM would try to break the Opposition
unity in West Bengal, Yechury quipped: "We need not do
anything. It will break on its own, sooner or later."
Meanwhile, the ECC, through its resolution on West Bengal
and Kerala, called upon "all progressive sections" of people
to join their battle and ensure success of the Left Front in
the two states and "advance further the efforts to create a
better India for its people".