The anti-Karat faction said the plenum would also give them an opportunity to point out mistakes made by the leadership.
A CPM in decline mulls adopting a more dogmatic Leftism. That could be misguided
Prakash Karat to revise a 35-year-old tactical line that has brought the party significant success, but seems to be flagging of late.
Yechury’s repudiation of the official draft is the latest incident in the tug of war between him and Karat.
Referring to the arrest of Salman, Karat said this was the latest incident of the heinous use of this cruel law (sedition).
CPM said the Left is open to cooperating with secular forces, but continues to have issues with the Congress.
The govt has failed to contain inflation, particularly the prices of essential commodities,” Karat said.
The CPM has been reduced to nine seats, down from 16 in the last Lok Sabha and 44 in the previous one.
Brinda Karat said media showed how TMC goons cast fake votes, but EC’s special observer did not get to see anything wrong there.
CPM general secretary Prakash Karat had a light moment during an otherwise intense exchange of views with women journalists on Saturday. Asked about the role of money power and the “going rate” for voters in Tamil Nadu, Karat said the rates were “much lower” this time. After a hearty laugh, he said the rates were in fact “half this time”. Not only did this elicit a round of laughter but also jokes about how this reflected the state of the economy.
He said the front of non-Congress, non-BJP parties would be able to cobble up a majority with outside support from Congress.
Both Yechury and Karat demanded that the Election Commission take urgent measures to curb the violence against CPI(M) and the Left Front and ensure free and fair elections.
BJP, which is claiming to be the successor of UPA government and is ‘waiting in the line’, has not even released its manifesto, Karat said.
Karat was reacting to Antony’s statement that CPI(M) should prove its sincerity in keeping communal forces at bay by cooperating in a front under Congress leadership.
We are working to maximise our strengths and seats in respective states or areas of strength, said Prakash Karat.