Extraordinary meeting of CPI(M) panel from tomorrow
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Last Updated: Friday, August 06, 2010, 17:34
Vijayawada: An extraordinary meeting of the Extended Central Committee (ECC) of Communist Party of India (Marxist) will be held here for four days beginning tomorrow to give a new direction to the party's tactical line in tune with the changed political scenario.

The rare ECC meeting has become necessary as the CPM is not in a position to conduct its national congress due next March because of the impending elections in West Bengal, Kerala and other states.

Also, the CPM is facing a bad situation in its two citadels -- West Bengal and Kerala with a none-too-good showing projected in the next year's Assembly elections.

Adding to its woes is the internal strife over the leadership of general secretary Prakash Karat, who is being blamed by different sections for the current sorry state of the party.

But party leaders assert that there is no immediate threat to Karat's continuation at the CPM's helm of affairs.

"What is being projected in the media about the CPM's leadership is incorrect. The so-called internal differences over Karat's leadership are only a matter of speculation. There are some challenges confronting us but the leadership is unified on all issues," CPM Politburo member and Andhra Pradesh state secretary B V Raghavulu maintained.

He told PTI on the eve of the ECC meeting that the CPM had to give a new direction to its political line in accordance with the changed context.

"The political resolution adopted at our 19th national congress at Coimbatore in 2008 was based on the assumption that our support to the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre would continue. Subsequently, we withdrew our support to UPA and there have been many changes on the country's political scene. Hence, we are required to change our political tactical line according to the current context," Raghavulu explained.

"The ECC meeting was an interim arrangement since the party would not be able to conduct its national congress at least for the next two years.

"As per our party constitution, the national congress has to be held once in three years. But, that is unlikely to happen next year because of the impending elections in different states. The ECC became essential to adopt our new political line," the politburo member added.

Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Tripura, Buddhadev Bhattacharya and Manik Sarkar, will be among the prominent leaders, apart from Karat, politburo member Sitaram Yechury and others, who will be part of the 370 delegates from across the country attending the ECC meeting.

A massive rally and public meeting have been planned for August 10 to mark the culmination of the ECC meet.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, August 06, 2010, 17:34

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