A two day meeting of the CPM’s West Bengal state committee to review its disastrous show in the recent Lok Sabha elections began here Monday and witnessed heated exchange of words and frayed tempers but a change in leadership, as demanded by a section of the party members as well as several expelled leaders, was not on the agenda.
“There was criticism and self-criticism. The state committee will discuss the reports from the districts and send its report to the central committee, which will send it back after assimilation,” party MP Mohammad Selim said, after the meeting.
Selim, one of the two CPM candidates to have won from the state in the LS polls, however, said that change of guard in party is not on the agenda. “Those who know the functioning of the Communist party are aware that issues like change of leadership does not figure in state committee meetings,” Selim, also the committee member, said, adding “What is being said in a section of the media in this regard is not correct.”
CPM general secretary Prakash Karat, politburo members Sitaram Yechuri, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, former Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and the party’s state secretary Biman Bose among others attended the meeting.
A number of district-level leaders accused the state leadership of being inert and not showing dynamism even though party suffered worst rout in its electoral history.
The CPM, which had won 9 seats out of 15 won by the Left Front in 2009 LS polls, was reduced to two seats, while its other constituents failed to open their accounts in Bengal in this election. Sources said district leaders also raised voice against the opulence that some state leaders indulge in.
With PTI inputs
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