To draw up its strategy and reflect on the outcome of the Lok Sabha elections, the CPM will hold a meeting of its politburo on May 18, two days after the poll verdict. The 15-member politburo is the party’s highest policy making body.
While the exit polls have not predicted any gains for the CPM, sources said the party has not given up on the possibility of being able to forge a ‘third alternative’ if the situation arises and regional parties get a fair share of seats. The CPM had 16 members in the outgoing Lok Sabha. If the party gets less than its current seats, it would take a “serious relook” at its functioning and game-plan, a party leader said.
“The politburo will take stock of the situation and decide on further strategy depending on results. If our tally goes down, there will be introspection and course correction,” a senior party leader said. A two-day meet of the Central Committee is likely to be held in the first week of June.
Sources said exit polls are not being taken seriously and the party’s assessment is if NDA is restricted to 230-odd seats, it may find it difficult to get smaller parties as allies. In such a scenario, the possibility of regional parties backed by Congress forming an alternative front cannot be ruled out.