The CPM has identified fighting “right-wing” offensive and the BJP government’s policies as its main task, even while emphasising that it will continue to oppose the Congress.
The party’s Draft Political Resolution, to be presented at the 21st party congress at Visakhapatnam in April, also talks about building the independent strength of the party, while working to rally other left and democratic secular forces to form a united front.
“The Draft Political Resolution deals with the political situation in the country. It has noted the big change with the BJP getting an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha. This has set the stage for a right-wing offensive comprising an aggressive pursuit of neo-liberal policies and a full-scale attempt by the RSS-led Hindutva forces to advance their communal agenda…The party has to fight against the BJP and Modi government’s policies. This is the main task at hand. This requires a concerted opposition to the Modi government’s economic policies and its Hindutva oriented social and educational policies.
The party has to conduct a political-ideological struggle against the BJP-RSS combine,” it states.
The draft resolution also spells out concrete steps to be taken in the political, social, cultural and educational fields to counter “Hindutva forces”.
It states the CPM will not have any electoral alliance with the Congress. “It is the Congress-led UPA government’s anti-people policies and corruption which helped BJP acquire popular support,” it adds.
Saying that the country’s political situation saw a major change after Lok Sabha polls, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat told reporters: “The resolution has characterised this change as right wing offensive under the Narendra Modi government. This is fuelled by two forces. One by aggressive push for neo-liberal policies and second the offensive of the RSS-led Hindutva forces. Together they constitute right wing offensive which is detrimental for the interest of the people in our country,”
While conceding that his party was under “serious” attack in West Bengal, Karat dismissed suggestions that the party’s base was being eroded there. He said “opportunist politics” by the TMC had helped BJP make some headway.
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