CPI(M) plenum ends, party bats for ‘flexible tactics’ to deal with emerging political situations

KOLKATA(PTI): As it toyed with the idea of sewing up an alliance with Congress in poll-bound West Bengal, the CPI-M on Thursday said it will employ “flexible tactics” to deal with “swift changes” that may occur in emerging political situations.


With assembly polls in West Bengal due next year, the CPI(M) leadership also called for an effort to increase youth participation and people’s mobilisation in the party besides setting up joint platforms with various social and issue-based movements. “To employ flexible tactics to deal with swift changes that may occur in the political situation in accordance with our Political-Tactical Line. To set up joint platforms with various social movements, people’s mobilisations and issue- based movements,” said a resolution adopted at CPI-M’s organisational Plenum that charted the roadmap for the party.

The five-day plenum held after a gap of 37 years to revamp the party organisation ended here today. CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the party’s central committee would take a final call if the West Bengal state committee took a decision to have an alliance with the Congress in the state.

“It was not the agenda of the plenum to discuss the matter. As far as election tactics are concerned, the state committees will discuss and take the decision on the basis of the concrete situation. Once the state committees have taken the decision, they will send us (central committee & politburo) the proposal and we will take the final call,” Yechury told reporters. Yesterday, Prakash Karat, the former CPI-M chief, had said that “flexibility tactics” was always there in the party to deal with emerging political situations and added that there was nothing called “yes” and “no” in politics.

Omprakash Mishra, WBPCC spokesperson wrote a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi seeking seat adjustment with Left Front in the upcoming polls. In his letter, the copy of which was released to the press, Mishra, an AICC member said, “A Congress-Left Front seat adjustment with a declared common minimum programme would dethrone the TMC government and usher in a Congress-LF alliance in West Bengal.”

It is expected that a high percentage of votes which had gone in favour of the BJP, which had secured 17 per cent of votes in the last Lok Sabha poll, will land in the kitty of the Left-Congress combine, Mishra said.
The ruling Trinamool Congress ridiculed talk of a Left-Congress alliance in the state, saying it was not in their character to observe ‘jotdharma’.

But, even if such an alliance did take shape, the grassroot Congress workers would always support the Trinamool Congress, TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee claimed.
“It (CPI-M) has an alliance in the form of Left Front.

What happened now to make them talk about another alliance? They want to replicate the model of a civic body poll in the state Assembly election. It is a ridiculous proposition!” Chatterjee told reporters here.