CPI(M) top brass discusses Ayodhya, Kashmir

The CPI(M) top brass on Monday held detailed deliberations on the political situation in the country, especially in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict, and gave final touches to its poll strategy in Bihar.

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 00:50 AM IST

New Delhi: The CPI(M) top brass on Monday held detailed deliberations on the political situation in the country, especially in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict, and gave final touches to its poll strategy in Bihar.

The party Politburo, which began its two-day meet here, also discussed the Jammu and Kashmir situation in the context of the recent decisions of the Centre after an all-party
delegation visited the state.

During the visit, senior party leader Sitaram Yechury had led some members of the all-party delegation to meet separatist leaders as well as displaced Kashmiri Pandits, besides holding talks with other sections of the people there.

The CPI(M), which has welcomed the government`s eight- point initiative on Kashmir after the visit, has sought a review of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, action against securitymen found guilty of committing excesses and release of protesters who have not been slapped with serious charges.

The political situation in the wake of the Allahabad High Court judgement on Ayodhya was also thoroughly debated at the meeting on Monday, with the party saying that there "may be questions on the nature of the verdict".

Replying to questions on the issue, Yechury said that the Supreme Court, while dealing with matters concerning land acquisition in Ayodhya by the Centre, had said
in 1994 that courts cannot decide on matters of faith.

"In this context, the (Allahabad High Court) verdict has violated the spirit of the apex court`s ruling. There should not be any adjudication on the basis of faith. So, the Supreme
Court`s ruling on this matter should be awaited," he said.

The situation in West Bengal and Kerala and preparations for next year`s assembly elections there also came up for discussion. On Bihar, the sources said the CPI(M) had already concluded a seat-sharing pact with CPI and CPI-ML (Liberation) for the assembly elections in November. The CPI(M) is contesting in 30 seats in the polls.

At its recent extended Central Committee meet in Hyderabad, the party decided to project a Left and democratic alternative and strengthen Left unity through united actions. The electoral understanding in Bihar is a step in that direction, party sources said.

PTI