CPM general secretary Prakash Karat on Wednesday admitted that the party has become weak both in Kerala and West Bengal since the last party Congress in 2009. Elsewhere it has failed to make any inroads,he added.
Addressing the inaugural session of the 23rd state conference of the CPM in Kolkata the first in 40 years when the CPM is out of power in the state Karat also ruled out formation of any CPM-led Third Front as an alternative to Congresss UPA and BJPs NDA at the national politics.
The party will instead go for issue-based local alliances as a strategy to fight the Congress and the BJP and to regain its lost ground.
Karat said the party will have to work towards strengthening the secular and democratic forces in the country,and party leaders have to launch joint struggle based on local issues with regional outfits. Mere slogans will not help. The party will have to strengthen Left forces,organisations and even individuals to gain in strength and confidence, he address party leaders at the session where the media was barred from attending.
Senior politburo member Nirupam Sen,who briefed media later,said that Karat felt that in West Bengal people are fast getting disillusioned with the present government but that does not mean that the Communists are gaining in strength. The comrades will have to earn the confidence of the people once again which have been largely erodoed over the 34 years of rule. The party is passing through a difficult phase in Bengal but the leadership here was matured enough to overcome the difficulties, Sen quoted karat as saying.
At the session,Karat also touched upon the vexed issue of land acquisition and approved the stand taken at the extended central committee meeting at Vijayawada. There were deficiencies in the poilcy pursued by the party over land acquisition. It was not only an issue of West Bengal but a large number of people suffered from acute sense of insecurity over land acquisition threats across the country and it subsequently resulted in an environment of retaliation, Karat reportedly said. The party,therefore,has decided to desist from all kinds of forcible acquisition.
Karat also reportedly acknowledged that the party had failed to take the issue of Indo-US nuclear treaty,over which it had withdrawn support from the UPA-I government,to the people. At the same time deviations from party line in terms of corruption,nepotism and other dficiencies were believed to be equally responsible for the overall decline of the party,he felt.