CPM’s young face resigns over ‘violation of party line’

The CPM Politburo’s decision to support UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee in the Presidential election has triggered unease in the party.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 23, 2012 3:23 am

The CPM Politburo’s decision to support UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee in the Presidential election has triggered unease in the party. The first indication came on Friday with one of its prominent young faces in Delhi,Prasenjit Bose,resigning from the party. He was convener of the Research Unit of the CPM. He described the party’s decision as a “grave error” and a “violation” of party’s “political line”.

He praised the CPI and RSP’s stand to abstain as “eminently reasonable,transparent and principled position”. A regular in television debates,Bose is considered to be close to general secretary Prakash Karat.

According to sources,his wife Albeena Shakil,member of the state committee of the Delhi unit,is also set to resign.

Bose said the “disruption of Left unity” goes counter to the “stated objective of strengthening Left unity” and sought to know “what was the pressing need to extend support to a Congress candidate even at the cost of breaking Left unity?”. Such “brazen violation of the political line by the party leadership within less than three months of the party congress is utterly bewildering. There is no explanation as to whether the political situation has changed since April,and if so how?” he said.

Bose has also termed as “vacuous” and “wholly misleading” Karat’s argument at the post-Politburo press conference that the CPM has always supported Congress nominees since 1992 barring once when it had fielded a candidate against A P J Abdul Kalam in 2002. Sharma was supported because K R Narayanan,who was the joint nominee of the V P Singh-led Janata Dal and the Left parties was accepted by the Congress as the Vice-Presidential candidate. Patil was supported alongside Hamid Ansari — who was the Left nominee for the post of Vice-President,he said.

“These prior instances simply do not compare with the current situation,” he said. What is more interesting was that Bose — a PhD in Economics from JNU — has argued that the party leadership has “committed one mistake after another” since 2007 and referred to the “coercive land acquisition in West Bengal,the Nandigram police firing,allowing the UPA government to approach the IAEA and giving a call for a non-Congress secular government in 2009” as instances.

He said the leadership has accepted the errors in a “cavalier manner” in party conferences “without fixing proper responsibility and conducting rectification thereon”. “The same leadership is committing yet another costly mistake,refusing to learn anything from the past. Party members are aghast and exasperated that their concerns are falling on deaf ears,” he said.

It may be recalled that he had abstained when one of the amendments on the ideological resolution was put to vote at the recently held CPM party congress in Kozhikode.

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