Speaking about West Bengal at the ongoing CPM state plenum, party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the CPM will “continue its fight against the attack on democracy unleashed by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) along with other parties’’ indicating that cooperation with the Congress to dislodge TMC in the state may continue. “It is undemocratic of the TMC to wrest forcefully the municipalities in the state which it has lost fair and square and we will fight this,” he said.
“We have already made our stand clear that in order to resist the fascist attack of TMC, there has to be the broadest possible unity of secular and democratic forces. We need to fight along with Congress against these terror tactics and undemocratic methods of forcibly taking over elected bodies,” Yechury told mediapersons. The two-day state plenum began on Friday to assess the situation and find ways to strengthen the party organization. Several leaders at the plenum have raised questions over whether it was ethical for CPM to align with Congress, violating the former’s official political line adopted in the party’s last congress.
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Pro-alliance CPM leaders countered the move saying that had the party not opted for alliance with Congress, the Assembly result would have been much worse and CPM score would have come down to single digits.
A large section of CPM state committee leaders said that in order to fight against the “brazen attack” of TMC and “communal politics” of BJP, they would need to unite with like-minded forces, which cannot be achieved without ‘secular’ Congress in it.