In an attempt to align itself better with changed times, the CPM could tweak the draft review report prepared by its Politburo on the party’s political-tactical line. Sources said several members of the Central Committee, the CPM’s top decision-making body, appeared to agree that of late, the implementation of the tactical line had been flawed.
The Central Committee discussion, described by many leaders as intense and in-depth, is ongoing. Nearly 35 members have spoken, and another 20 are expected to speak on Tuesday, sources said. The meeting is scheduled to end on Wednesday.
Sources, however, said there was very little chance that the party might discard the draft, or attempt to formulate a completely new political-tactical line. What could happen, they said, is that the draft report might be altered to incorporate other views.
The debate in the Central Committee is on the Politburo’s draft review report on the political-tactical line followed since the Jalandhar Congress of 1978, and a counter paper circulated by Sitaram Yechury.
While the official draft argues the political-tactical line of joining hands with regional forces had backfired, Yechury argues it was not the tactic itself, rather the way it was implemented, which was responsible for the party’s decline.
Party leaders insisted the debate was not a tussle between a “Karat line” and a “Yechury line”.
“This is not an individual-centric debate. Many have supported the need for a new political line and tactics, and many have agreed with Yechury’s suggestions as well. There is a possibility of some changes in the draft,” a CC member said.
Asked about Yechury’s note, senior leader Basudev Acharia said, “There is nothing unprecedented about it. So many notes have been moved (in the past). Every party member has the right to put forth his or her views in this democratic forum.”
Acharia said the final document emerging out of the debate would “represent all the views”.