With CPM’S four-day plenum — being held after a gap of 37 years — set to begin from Sunday in Kolkata, the party is looking to “adopt suitable electoral tactics… for understanding with regional parties”. This, according to the draft review report on the ‘political-tactical line’ that the party had adopted at its 21st Congress in April 2015.
The draft review report — published in December in The Marxist, the party’s theoretical quarterly — added the CPM should also be open to “flexible tactics” with respect to the possibility of “swift changes in the political situation”.
This significant shift in the stance towards political alliances ahead of the Assembly elections early next year in Bengal is likely to dominate discussions at the Kolkata plenum.
The draft review report is an introspection of the ‘political-tactical line’ discussed by the CPM central committee in its meetings held between January 19 and 21 in Hyderabad. It suggests the adoption of “suitable electoral tactics” wherever it is in the party’s interest and not be “dictated” by any trend to “rally the secular bourgeois parties for a national alliance”.
“The party can adopt suitable electoral tactics in states, within the framework of the political-tactical line laid down by the central committee, for understanding with regional parties, wherever it is in the party’s interests and in the interests of rallying Left and democratic forces. It should, however, not be dictated by any all-India line to rally the secular bourgeois parties for a national alliance,” stated the draft review report, while adding that such electoral understandings are for a particular elections, as advocated in the 17th party Congress.
This openness to the adoption of “suitable electoral tactics” and “electoral understanding” is a significant shift from the decision arrived at the 2014 Congress that had advocated maintaining equidistance from the Congress and the BJP.