In an a bid to take his share of the responsibility for his party’s poor show in the Lok Sabha elections, CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury offered to resign from the party’s apex decision making body during its meeting last Sunday.
According to sources in the party, Yechury’s offer was rejected by the party leadership, including general secretary Prakash Karat himself. Karat, sources say, made the point that as per Leninist principles, there must be “collective responsibility”.
The CPM was reduced to nine seats in this election, winning just two in its bastion West Bengal. Yechury, who has been in the politburo for over two decades, is also a Rajya Sabha member and is the party’s Parliamentary group leader. According to sources, while the party high command did not accept his offer, it was decided he would take up the matter at the politburo meet on June 6, followed by the meeting of the Central Committee on June 7 and 8.
While the meeting last Sunday was merely a “preliminary” review of the poll results, the party is expected to finalise the election review and discuss at length the political-organisational steps to be taken in the PB and CC meet in June. The CPM’s top leadership has received much criticism for the party’s sliding electoral performance in the last two elections.