Focus on party first,allies can come later,says Karat

A B Bardhan politely but sternly sent across a ‘grow but let others grow too’ message

Written by Manoj C G | Kozhikode | Published:April 5, 2012 12:19 am

Learning from past mistakes,CPM on Wednesday made it clear that while it believes the space for an alternative to the Congress and the BJP was very much there at the national level,it was in no hurry to dabble in alliance building and would concentrate first on reclaiming lost ground and clout. The realisation that it has become a marginal player is driving the party to focus all its attention on putting in place corrective steps.

At the 20th CPM Congress here,party general secretary Prakash Karat spoke about the “bankruptcy and venality” of the present order and asserted that the “people are looking for an alternative” which can be provided “only” by the Left and democratic forces. But to build a Left and democratic alliance,he said,“It is necessary first of all to strengthen the CPI(M),expand its base and influence all over the country.” Inaugurating the six-day meet,he said: “A strong CPM can strengthen Left unity and thereby rally other democratic forces to present a Left and democratic platform.”

Veteran CPI leader A B Bardhan — who spoke after Karat — politely but sternly sent across a ‘grow but let others grow too’ message. “I fully appreciate your desire to strengthen the CPM. But you should also appreciate the desire of the CPI to strengthen itself,” he said.

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