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Concrete conditions have changed, so our alignment will accordingly change: Sitaram Yechury

The CPM is gearing up to have a re-look at the political tactical line following the BJP’s continuous victory march and the West Bengal unit’s push for an electoral collaboration with the Congress.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: September 8, 2017 9:02 am
Sitaram Yechury, CPM, CPM national conclave, BJP, Congress, India news, Indian Express general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said the party’s analysis and alignment would change according to the changed situation. (File Photo)

Less Than a year before the next triennial national conclave of the CPM, the debate on whether to continue, alter or nuance the political tactical line is back in the party. It is also time to identify who is the main adversary — the BJP or Congress. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said the party’s analysis and alignment would change according to the changed situation.

In 2015, at its Visakhapatnam congress, the political line worked out by the party said the “main direction of our attack should be against the BJP when it is in power but this cannot mean having an electoral understanding with the Congress”. The no-alliance-with-Congress line had been rankling the West Bengal CPM, which is facing a crisis in the state.

The CPM had also concluded in 2015 that electoral tactics should be dovetailed with the primacy of building the Left and democratic front and that there was no basis for forging an alliance with regional parties at the national level. The party had said that it was alright to have electoral adjustments with non-Left secular parties in states wherever required.

Many opposition leaders are now calling for a national alliance against the BJP for the 2019 elections. The CPM is gearing up to have a re-look at the political tactical line following the BJP’s continuous victory march and the West Bengal unit’s push for an electoral collaboration with the Congress. The CPM politburo, which met here on Wednesday and Thursday, began preparations for the next conclave — the Hyderabad party congress. Yechury is learnt to have placed before the politburo an outline of the political resolution to be adopted.

Former general secretary Prakash Karat had been opposed to any understanding with the Congress, even if the CPM were to consider the BJP as its main adversary. But Yechury told reporters after the politburo meeting that concrete conditions had changed since the 2015 party Congress.

Asked whether there would be changes in the political tactical line in the next party congress, Yechury said, “The tactical line by definition is on the basis of concrete conditions. The concrete conditions have changed since 2015 to (April) 2018 when we will meet again. So the basic essential element of Marxism is concrete analysis of concrete conditions. Conditions have changed, so our analysis and our alignment will accordingly change.”

Yechury also said the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh and the activities of cow vigilantes are expressions of fascistic trends, and demanded a ban on gau rakshaks and private armies. Fascistic trends are growing and need to be fought, he added.

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    Vish
    Sep 8, 2017 at 6:38 pm
    We recommend India cements' or JK cements' concrete mix for your analysis, dear yet c i.
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    1. Sankaran Krishnan
      Sep 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm
      Like Congress the Communists are also losing the battle even in their so called strong hold because of their hunger for POWER and there is no POLICY for the present Communists and hope they are in line to bury the party and that is the reason Yechury is heading like Pappu Rahul for Congress. Time and again they are proving they are unfit (present Polit Bureau) and when they are not able to take on TMC which was formed recently in West Bengal and came to power, imagine what role they will play at the National Level other than allying with corrupt forces in the name of secularism but people will reject them out rightly for all their wrong policy decision and destroying their own iden y which is at doldrums but failed to admit and address the issue
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        D P
        Sep 8, 2017 at 1:08 pm
        Too much freedom of speech is destroying our community bond and politicians like communist, Mamta, Laloo Owaisi, Diggy manishankar Aiyyar and few in BJP too are main culprit for this divide . Tongue of some politicians are to be pulled out .
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          D P
          Sep 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm
          Communists are funded by China and Pakistan so they speak that language only. All their activities are antinational. They pushed W.Bengal 50 yrs back in development now Mamta is again pushing it 100 yrs back. How so much literate people of W.Bengal are tolerating and voting these parties, is really a matter of debate. Appea t of Bengaladesi muslims by her or even congress ad communists has made this state a muslim dominate state and soon these muslims will throw the hindus and other communities out of W.Bengal in years to come and it will become another state like J K without hindus and others. Mamta like people will become Mamta Bano.
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            V Chandrasekaran
            Sep 8, 2017 at 11:27 am
            Nothing has changed so far. The CPM is always anti nationals supports China the country is kicking India in every aspect by supporting Pakistan. This is talking all stupid things. Their party completely spoiled West Bengal and it is further gone to worst due to foolish Mamta. Theses fellows are good for nothing. He is talking about Communist but he has amazed wealth during his political life. He has farm house in Delhi and owning lot shares in different companies whereas the CPM cadres in Bengal are very very poor.
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