Within hours of the debacle, the Sitaram Yechury-Prakash Karat fault line in the CPM deepened with Karat making clear that the electoral tie-up in West Bengal was “their tactics” and did not have approval of the the party central leadership.
The Trinamool MP subsequently in a video message on his Facebook admitted it was a mistake and sought to “end the chapter”.
Here’s what that made news this Tuesday.
“The biggest failure of state is to render justice to the most oppressed in society, the Dalits. With the advent of rightwing Hindu chauvinists (to power), the oppression has intensified,” Prakash Karat said.
Left is stuck with old issues. It must strike new conversations — with middle classes and youth.
The former general secretary added that talks are on to introduce a retirement policy for veterans soon.
Addressing a function at Badokhar Khurd village on Friday, Karat alleged that these forces were targeting Muslims by spreading canard in the name of cow slaughter through polarisation in the society.
“Both have indulged in corrupt practices. But unfortunately the DMK and AIADMK have failed to make any comment in Parliament on such corruption by the BJP,” he said.
Yechury is still working out of his old office and does not seem to be in a hurry to move to the general secretary’s room.
The 62-year old CPM general secretary, has an approach to politics that is often described as far less rigid than that of his predecessor Prakash Karat.
Within the party, Yechuri will need to win over the confidence of the dominant faction, which wanted S Ramachandran Pillai as the new secretary.
The party also discussed its draft review report on the “Political Tactical Line”, expected to be adopted on Thursday.
CPM are trying to replace the attempt to build a third alternative with a Left Demo alternative, Karat said.
Who will get the reins of the party at its most critical juncture: Yechury or Pillai?
The CPM has admitted its inability to expand, slowness in its social media campaign and shortcomings in organising national campaigns.