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CPM looks for reasons behind WB civic poll defeat

Last Updated: Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 23:45

New Delhi: Smarting under the recent drubbing
in the West Bengal civic polls, the CPI(M) on Sunday decided to
take appropriate remedial steps to strengthen the organisation
and win back the confidence of the electorate.

The issue figured at the two-day meeting of party politburo here which went into a preliminary report submitted by
the Bengal state secretariat on the poor showing of the Left
Front in the municipal elections.

"The West Bengal state committee will conduct a review
of the election on the basis of which necessary political and
organisational steps can be taken to win back the confidence
of those sections of the people which have moved away from the
party," senior leader Sitaram Yechury said after the meeting.

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya did not
attend the meeting but the party quickly scotched speculation
about his having offered his resignation.

"The question does not arise," Bengal CPI(M) secretary
Biman Bose said when asked about reports that Bhattacharya has
offered to resign.

Of the 81 municipal bodies, the Left Front won in only 18
municipalities while arch rival Trinamool Congress bagged 36.
The Trinamool also swept the prestigious Kolkata Municipal
Corporation polls.

Yechury said the politburo also discussed the outline
of a draft document on the review of political decisions taken
in the past three years. The politburo will meet next month to
finalise the draft to be presented to the central committee.

This resolution will be placed before the extended
central committee meeting in Vijayawada in August. The
extended meeting is being held as CPI(M) decided to
postpone the party congress, which was to be held this year,
due to upcoming Assembly polls in West Bengal.

There was no consensus on the draft and so the leaders
decided to meet again next month, a senior leader said.

"No, no. We have not reached on a consensus. That is why
there is one more meeting. There are differences on the
implementation of political line adopted in the last party
congress," he said when asked about the deliberations in the
two-day meeting.

Sources said there were intense discussions on the
decisions taken by the party leadership with regard to
aligning with non-BJP, non-Congress parties like Samajwadi
Party, BSP and others during the past three years.

There were also discussions on the strategy adopted
during cut motions and its fall out, they said.

However, the leaders were unanimous in backing the
decision to withdraw support to UPA government on Indo-US
nuclear deal in 2008.

"There were no opposition to the decision to withdraw
support to UPA either in politburo or central committee.
But there were discussions on other issues on which decisions
were taken after the party congress. That was reviewed. We
discussed these problems," senior politburo member M K
Pandhe told reporters here.


First Published: Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 23:45
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