The CPM on Thursday adopted a report that recommends avoiding national-level alliances with regional parties and calls for strengthening an independent base and rallying the masses.
As the party discussed the review report on its political tactical line for the next three years, 42 delegates at the party congress moved 229 amendments and 11 of these were finally adopted.
According to the report, the emphasis will be on “restoring the primacy of the Left and democratic front and programmes for rallying masses behind it”, strengthening Left unity and “enhancing the independent role of the party and expanding its strength and mass base”. The party has admitted that earlier attempts to cobble together an alternative with regional parties were misplaced. The political tactical line also stresses fighting “Hindutva forces and communal ideology”.
“To identify the reasons why the party has not developed the way we thought it should have and to see how we can expand, we undertook this review. We are confident that understanding our weaknesses and our achievements will help us become stronger,” politburo member Brinda Karat said.
“We are looking at how the Left can mobilise social forces and not just political parties…We are clear that the fight against communalism and the use of state power by the RSS has to go beyond being with this party or that,” she said.
On the third day of its six-day conclave, the CPM also adopted resolutions on education, against present labour reforms, on ensuring implementation of recommendations for minority development programmes and on SC/ST reservation in the private sector.
A key resolution adopted expresses solidarity with its cadre in West Bengal, which the party claims has been under attack from the Trinamool Congress government in the state. Brinda Karat attacked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, blaming her directly for orchestrating such attacks.
“Mamata Banerjee is responsible for growth of autocracy and authoritarianism in the state and the rising attacks on our cadre… In the state, not a leaf stirs without the permission of the chief minister,” she said.
The party, under criticism for its failure to include a single member of the Dalit committee in its politburo since its inception, admitted its earlier policy had been less focused. “Initially, it is a fact that issues of caste were only taken by us as issues of poor people but for the last two decades or so, the CPM has been at the forefront of taking up issues of Dalits and adivasis, but not for electoral gains… It is extremely important to bring in figures from the Dalit community into the leadership of the party,” Brinda Karat said.
She admitted that there “definitely should be more women in the politburo”. Currently, she is the only woman member. The party congress will elect a new central committee and politburo by the end of the week.