The CPM will alter the draft review report on the party’s political-tactical line after the issue of its revision caused simmering differences within the party to come to the fore with senior leader Sitaram Yechury challenging the document prepared by the Politburo and circulating a counter note for discussion in its central committee meeting.
The central committee, party’s top decision-making body, concluded three days of intense discussion on the official draft and Yechury’s counter note after which the Politburo met. Sources said the official draft will now undergo changes incorporating the various views since several members pointed out organisational failures in implementing the tactical line adopted 35-years-ago.
Sources said it is unlikely that the draft report would be finalised Wednesday, the last day of the central committee four-day sitting, since there is little time left for the changes to be incorporated. In that case, the draft was likely to come up for discussion again in the next meeting of the central committee, possibly to be held in January.
Yechury’s alternative draft forced an intense debate in the central committee. While the official draft blamed the CPM’s decline on the political-tactical line followed since 1978 and pushed for fresh tactics, Yechury had argued that the fault lay in the implementation of the line. In a veiled attack on CPM general secretary Prakash Karat, Yechury had also sought a review of the “organisational failures” in implementing the tactical line.
Meanwhile, Yechury Tuesday got support from Kerala CPM strongman V S Achuthanandan, who attacked the central leadership, accusing it of acting like a mere bystander. Given the largescale desertions in West Bengal, many members felt primacy should be given to building the organisation rather than wasting time and energy on tactics.
Strike to protest CPM supporter’s murder
Thiruvananthapuram: The CPM in Kasargode district observed a dawn-to-dusk strike on Monday evening in protest against the murder of its supporter.
A four-member gang stabbed to death CPM member P Murali, 37, at Seethangoli in the district.
According to police, the attack took place when the gang waylaid a bike on which Murali was riding pillion. The assailants then stabbed him several times and he succumbed to his injuries in a hospital. The attackers had also tried to attack Murali’s friend Manjunath, but he escaped unhurt.
Murali was one of the alleged accused in the murder of BJP worker Dayanand in 2001, but the trial court had acquitted him.