Accepting “primary responsibility” for the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha polls, the CPM top brass said it will “review” the party’s political line and organisational functioning.
“The politburo and the central leadership has taken responsibility for the failure to expand the independent strength and the decline in the mass base of the party which was reflected in the election results,” CPM general secretary Prakash Karat said on Monday, a day after the two-day meeting of the 89-member central committee ended. The central committee meet was preceded by a day-long meet of the politburo on Friday.
The CPM has been reduced to nine seats, down from 16 in the last Lok Sabha and 44 in the previous one. The party won just two seats in its stronghold of West Bengal.
“The central committee decided to review the political line and the organisational functioning in order to take corrective measures,” a party statement said.
Karat, however, denied reports of top leaders, including politburo member Sitaram Yechury, offering to resign. “Nobody has offered to resign. In a Communist Party, nobody offers to resign due to election results,” he said.
Karat admitted the party had “underestimated” the “impact” of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign, especially in West Bengal.