CPM general secretary Prakash Karat on Monday said the party will find out its shortcomings and weaknesses and take necessary steps to make it strong and effective.
“We need to self-introspect and there is a need for course-correction. After we look into the shortcomings, we will take necessary steps to ensure that CPM becomes a strong and effective party that can communicate with all sections of the society,” Karat said at the inaugural session of the 24th CPM state conference, which began in Kolkata on Monday.
Lamenting the entry of ‘BJP virus’ in the state, Karat came down heavily on the party’s ‘anti-people’ policies and its Hindutva agenda.
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Picking up from where he had left at Sunday’s Brigade rally, he said: “After the BJP formed the government at the Centre, its pursuit of neo-liberal economic policies has had a negative effect on all sections of the people, particularly the working class. Their agenda of Hindutva will make matters worse.”
“Left Front Chairman Biman Bose presented the draft resolution and discussions began on the same. One of the main points taken up today was the rise of BJP in the state.
“First, we lost a lot of votes at the Krishnagunj and Bongaon bypolls and now, the way BJP is coming up, it poses to push us from the number two slot in the state,” said a senior leader present at the conference.
He added that the turnout at Brigade Parade ground on Sunday was good but it was a hardly an indicator because the party had seen impressive crowds at several rallies, but did not translate into votes. “It was agreed that the morale of party workers was down and needs boosting,” he said.
BJP’s vote share had jumped from 6 per cent to 17 per cent after the Lok Sabha elections and has been growing consistently since then at the cost of CPM that has witnessed a huge erosion within the party.
The five-day conference plans to discuss the slump in CPM’s performance. A roadmap is set to be chalked out for the municipal elections due in April and the Assembly polls next year. The party’s tactical line for the next three years will also be decided in the conference.