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For 2019 general elections, should CPM reach out to Congress? Party brass split 32-31

While both Yechury and Karat came up with some proposals, it was finally agreed that the Politburo should prepare the draft resolution to be presented before the party’s national conclave next year.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2017 10:37 am
2019 lok sabha elections, 2019 elections, CPM, Congress, Sitaram yechury, CPI(M) Central Committee meeting, Congress, general elections, general elections 2019, Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury, Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi government, PM Modi, BJP, vs achuthanandan Both Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury agree that the primary objective is to oust the Narendra Modi government from power.

At the end of three days of discussion, the CPI(M) Central Committee stood vertically split on the question of the party’s approach towards the Congress in the 2019 general elections. Sources said of the 63 members who spoke, 32 favoured the line put forward by Prakash Karat, while 31 backed general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s view. There was no voting though.

Both Karat and Yechury agree that the primary objective is to oust the Narendra Modi government from power. Both also believe there cannot be any electoral understanding with the Congress. But Yechury believes that the party should seek the “cooperation” of all non-Left secular parties (including the Congress). This, in effect, will keep a window open as far as the party’s approach towards the Congress is concerned. Karat, on the other hand, believes the party should cooperate with all “non-Congress” secular parties.

The opinion in the Central Committee, which discussed the “minority draft” submitted by Yechury, a document circulated by the Karat faction as a counter to it, and the “outline” of the draft officially approved by the Politburo, was divided. Averting a vote, as this would have sent the signal that the party was vertically split, a compromise formula was worked out.

While both Yechury and Karat came up with some proposals, it was finally agreed that the Politburo should prepare the draft resolution to be presented before the party’s national conclave next year, “on the basis of the Politburo outline and the discussions in the Central Committee”.

In effect, the tussle between the Yechury and Karat factions will continue, or even intensify, as the party gets ready for its triennial conclave in Hyderabad in April. It also means that the line of cooperation with the Congress put forward by Yechury is still alive, although his draft stands rejected, and the Karat faction continues to have an upper hand, both in the Central Committee and Politburo.

The draft of the political resolution will be prepared in the next two months, and the Politburo is expected to meet in December to discuss it. The Central Committee is scheduled to meet in January to discuss and give its final approval to the draft resolution.

Meeting reporters after the Central Committee meeting, Yechury was not forthcoming on what transpired but did say that all “options are open”. He also said that the BJP government is pursuing neo-liberal policies more aggressively than the UPA government.

The Central Committee also publicly censured Gautam Deb for his objectionable remarks against Karat. Yechury told reporters that Deb has already admitted that what he said was “wrong” and expressed his regret. “But the Central Committee decided to publicly censure him,” he said. Sources said the Karat faction wanted Deb to be dropped from the Central Committee, but he was let off with a public censure.

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  1. M.n. Rao
    Oct 17, 2017 at 9:16 pm
    As a man who studied for years in Moscow during the Brezhnev era in 1960s and later have spent years in India, and after observing the communist parties here, I would say that instead of going independently or along with Congress or any other party, the CPM should dissolve itself and disappear from the scene. And this holds good to all other Communist parties too.
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      Ashok Sharma
      Oct 17, 2017 at 5:36 pm
      In the Best interest of our Indian Civil Society and keeping in view of the Emerging Critical Need to Harmoniously address the issue of truly Functional Polity for Indian State, there is no any doubt that For 2019 general elections, CPM should reach out to Congresss SP JDU Mamta LaluYadav and others including the Congress ofcourse Sure ! BUT Draft draft delays till Next conclave meetings delays may be harmful to the very Objective thatsuchwell meaning Nearness may propose to Achieve . Just my view !" Ashok Sharma
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      1. M.n. Rao
        Oct 17, 2017 at 9:19 pm
        It looks like all the street dogs fighting with each other join together to fight together when a stranger dog comes to the area. What a shameless proposition!
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      2. narayan kutty
        Oct 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm
        If Yechury wanted to remain in parliament he needs somebody's help
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          Kamal Pasha
          Oct 17, 2017 at 12:29 pm
          India, after BJP came to power, became the capital of HATE crimes. To save the country, oppositions must unite otherwise India will be destroyed.
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          1. M.n. Rao
            Oct 17, 2017 at 9:21 pm
            The truth is that hate crimes started in 632 AD.
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          2. prakash gotimukul
            Oct 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm
            If both wants to commit suicide together, then who can start. Cong will vanish if they dont dump Scamridden family. Similarly Commies r already irrelevant except in a few universities. So both down . Commies r surviving bcs thay r opposed to cong philosophy which is now reduced to me myself and my money. No future for both. Combined means definitely out for both
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