The CPM will not align with or join any front with Congress in its fight against the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Monday.
Senior party leader Gautam Deb had last Friday kicked up a political storm by stating that the Left Front in West Bengal was now left with not enough strength to defeat the Trinamool Congress in the next Assembly elections and had hinted at an “understanding” with the Congress, saying “there was a need for a greater alliance with other like-minded political parties to defeat the TMC regime”.
“He (Deb) did not say what is attributed to him, that we will go with the Congress,” Yechury told reporters when asked to comment on the party central committee member’s statement advocating an alliance with the Congress.
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“As far as the CPI(M) is concerned, we had made it clear in the 21st Party Congress that there is no question of going in an alliance or front with the Congress,” Yechury, who was in the city to attend the two-day state committee meeting of the party, said.
Deb has already submitted in writing to the party leadership about his comments after he was snubbed.
A section of senior party leaders during Monday’s state committee meeting criticised the comments of Deb and said it was sending out a wrong signal to both the people and the grass root level workers.
“In a Communist party, we treat elections as a political fight not only for votes, but also to defend our ideology and political line. Gautam Deb’s comment is against that very political line. It will send out a wrong message and will only help Trinamool Congress and BJP in return,” a senior state committee member said.
On International Yoga Day celebrations, Yechury compared it with the tactics adopted by Adolf Hitler. “The Modi government is following the same tactics to spread the RSS agenda across the country…” he added.