Dissident CPM leaders Abdur Rezzak Mollah and former MP Laxman Seth Sunday claimed the party has turned “incompetent and autocratic” and said the prevalent sycophancy culture will bring about its downfall.
“When democracy eludes a party things like red-tapism, one-upmanship and dictatorship takes over. It is at that times that some buffoons call the shots in the party. But this system within the party can’t go on for an indefinite period. Just like the Communist Party in the former USSR, it will crumble down,” former Tamluk MP and Haldia strongman Laxman Seth said.
He was speaking at a convention of Samajik Nyay Bichar Mancha, a forum set up by dissident CPM leader and former state minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah.
Seth compared former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, without taking his name, to King Lear and said he is surrounded by sycophants.
The former MP, who was removed from the party state committee as part of the CPM’s drive of purging it of tainted leaders, claimed the “present (state) leadership is authoritarian” and did not give him a chance to defend himself.
“It is a step that is not permitted by even bourgeoisie parties. They (CPM) are bringing about their destruction,” Seth said, adding that he had no intention of leaving the party right now.
Incidentally, soon after the CPM initiated an investigation into allegations of corruption and anti-party activities against Seth, he had sent a letter to the party leadership expressing a desire to quit from all posts and the party itself.
Meanwhile, dissident MP Abdur Rezzak Mollah accused his party of doing little for the uplift of the minorities. “In 19 districts, there is no Muslim district committee secretary. Why should it happen? In Murshidabad, where Muslims form 67 per cent of the population, the district secretary is a Bhattacharya. Why not Moinul Hassan, (party leader from that district) be made the district secretary? The party has a lot to explain,” Mollah said.
PTI reported him as announcing that Samajik Nyay Bichar Mancha would fight the 2016 Assembly polls in Bengal. He vowed to give the state its first Dalit chief minister and Muslim deputy chief minister.
On the question whether he will quit CPM, he said, “Let them take action against me. Why shall I leave the party? It is an organisation as of now to battle for the oppressed.”
Alleging that there was a lack of democracy in the CPM he said there was a need for “rectification in the party from the politburo to the state committee level”. “Then only you can carry on that process to local level. But how can you purify the Ganga, if the Gomukh, from where the river starts, becomes polluted,” Mollah said.
The CPM, however, refused to comment on the development. “We do not want to make any comments on this,” Senior party leader Rabin Dev told The Indian Express.