in order to make it more effective.
“The neo-liberal policies that we are fighting against are still effective. But we need to have a re-look at our approach through various movements,” he said.
On May 27, for the first time in the history of the CPI(M), a rally was organised outside the Alimuddin Street, the party headquarters by both present and expelled leaders, who questioned the party’s top brass and demanded an immediate change in leadership to save it from being wiped out from the state.
Political analysts feel that the CPI(M), which witnessed its worst ever tally since its formation in 1964, is facing the threat of losing the opposition space to BJP, which is gaining strength in the state.
A veteran state committee member feels that there is a need to bring in new blood at the top level.
“Leadership change is a continuous process in the party and it would be good if there is rejig at all levels of the organisation,” said the leader, who did not wish to be named.
The Left partners such as Forward Bloc, RSP and CPI, which have failed to win a single seat in the Lok Sabha polls for the first time in last four decades, are much more aggressive about the dos and don’ts to revive the Left in the state.
“There has to be coordination among Left parties on political philosophy, ideology and politics we pursue,” Forward Bloc General Secretary Debabrata Biswas said.
“But unfortunately we have lost that coordination. There is a need to rethink and revamp our political line to make it more time effective. If needed the issue of leadership change can also be looked into,” Biswas said.
He added that the Left needs to speak in the language that connects with the people rather than serious ideological deliberations.
RSP central secretariat member Manoj Bhattacharya noted that there is need to have a re-look at the policies of the Left.
“More than the leadership change, there is an urgent need to have a re-look at our policies. Because it is the policy that attracts,” Bhattacharya said.
Veteran CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta spoke about taking a relook at the political line of the Left parties.
The AAP accused the government of "politicising" the occasion by not inviting Kejriwal.