CPM meet to discuss strategy for WB, Kerala polls

The CPI(M) would begin a crucial meeting here tomorrow to define its approach towards Congress and BJP and finalise a tactical line to be adopted in the upcoming assembly polls in West Bengal and Kerala.

New Delhi: The CPI(M) would begin a crucial
meeting here tomorrow to define its approach towards Congress
and BJP and finalise a tactical line to be adopted in the
upcoming assembly polls in West Bengal and Kerala.

The three-day meeting of its Central Committee would also
prepare a political and organisational report, critically
reviewing implementation of the goals set by the 2008
Coimbatore Congress of the CPI(M), party sources said.

A draft political resolution containing the political and
tactical line of the party, prepared by the Politburo earlier
this month, would be placed before the 87-member Central
Committee for debate and adoption, they said.

The resolution would be further debated and fine-tuned at
a meeting of the extended Central Committee in August in
Vijayawada.

Besides the draft resolution, a document containing the
review of the implementation of the political and tactical
line will be placed before the Central Committee, they said.

While a section in the party still believes that a
political understanding with the Congress can make the party
more relevant at the national level, there is another line
which holds that the party should maintain distance from both
the Congress and the BJP.

Those holding the latter view feel that though Congress is
a secular formation, its "anti-people" economic policies have
led to the spiralling prices and other problems facing the
people. Even during the UPA-I rule, the Congress had detracted
from the Common Minimum Programme, this section feels.

Hence, there should be no question of having an
understanding with the Congress as well as the BJP which, the
party feels, is communal, this group opines.

In the context of Kerala, a large section of the party
feels that the opposition Congress-led UDF was mobilising
various communal and casteist forces to take on ruling LDF.

However in West Bengal, a section thinks that isolating
the Congress from Mamata Banerjee`s Trinamool Congress, even
to a certain extent, could help the Left gain some lost
ground.

This is likely to be the expected line of debate at the
three-day meeting, during which the Central Committee would
finalise the political-tactical line.

PTI

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