CPI(m) report red flags bengal unit

The CPM organisational report to be tabled at the 22nd party congress in the coming days contains major criticism against its West Bengal unit.

Published: 20th April 2018 02:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st April 2018 04:42 AM   |  A+A-

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HYDERABAD: The CPM organisational report to be tabled at the 22nd party congress in the coming days contains major criticism against its West Bengal unit. The weakening of the mass base has found prominent mention in the report.

The report, excerpts of which were seen by 'Express', is highly critical of the Bengal unit. The tactics adopted during the 2016 Assembly polls - an electoral understanding with the Congress - are not in consonance with the political tactical line of the 21st party congress, says the re port.

CPI(M)’s general secretary Sitaram Yechury at the press conference venue in Hyderabad on Thursday | Sayantan Ghosh

The proposal from the Bengal unit was discussed and rejected by the politburo and the central committee. Despite this, there were tacit seat adjustments and a joint campaign with the Congress, it says. The organisational report that reviewed and assessed the party's performance in the past three years expresses severe concerns over the loss of its mass base. "The organisational tasks set out by the Kolkata plenum should be fully implemented. Only a few state committees have taken serious efforts to implement the organisational decisions taken at the plenum. Even in those states, they are in process of implementing," says the report. Six months after the party congress, all state committees should review implementation of the decisions taken at the state plenum and extended meetings, it says.

The organisational report calls for all states to focus their energy on building a strong CPM with a mass base. The party is facing a difficult situation after the setbacks in Bengal and recently in Tripura. The reactionary forces are concentrating their attacks against the party. These challenges can be met only by strengthening the party's links with the masses, streamlining the party organisation with quality membership and building a strong communist party throughout the country, says the report. The report mentions the need to improve the level of cohesion among politburo members at the central level. Mutual confidence among members should be developed. For this, when issues crop up, they should be discussed immediately and resolved and not allowed to linger.

There is a serious problem of leakage of inner-party discussions and briefings to the media. Politburo member B V Raghavulu will inquire into the matter, it says. The organisational report asks the politburo members not to indulge in loose talk.

This would apply to secretariat members also, says the report.

Box 1

Valuable lessons

Learn lessons from past experiences, warns the CPM's organisational report.

Referring to the political situation just

before the 22nd party congress, the report says two of the three strong bases of the

party were constantly subject to

attacks by class enemies. "We have to draw proper lessons from such experiences and

implement necessary organisational

remedies to defend the party," it says. The report also talks about why the central

committee in July 2017 took a

decision not to accept the West Bengal state committee's proposal to renominate

general secretary Sitaram Yechury for

a third Rajya Sabha term.

Box 2

Social media impact

The organisational report is of the view that the party has made significant

improvements on the social media front

after the 21st party congress. During the 2015 party congress, the number of Twitter

followers was just around 6,000

and Facebook had around 60,000 likes. During the plenum, it increased. The numbers

now stand at 1,71,000 for Twitter

and 3,40,000 for Facebook. The efforts on social media have improved significantly

as the coordination is better

streamlined, the report observes. The highly effective social media campaigns have

also been mentioned in detail like

the campaign against the "RSS terror unleashed in Kerala". This has had good impact,

assessed the report. Other

campaigns on Tripura and Kisan Long March also gain mention in the report.

Box 3

Lack of cohesion

The report points out the differences that cropped up on the political line adopted

at the congress and its

implementation among the politburo members, including the general secretary. This

adversely affected the cohesion

among the politburo members, the report says, adding "this also affected political

and organisational interventions,

which were required to meet the developing situation". This particular observation

could lead to major directional

changes in the coming days. A delegate from Himachal Pradesh reportedly wanted to

know who gave the general secretary

the right to sabotage decisions taken at the 2015 congress. This led to the whole

debate over the purported alliance

with the Congress, said party sources.

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