HYDERABAD: No surprises in store at the CPM top. After emerging triumphant in the inner party struggle over the political line, Sitaram Yechury won yet another term at the party's helm.
The 22nd Party Congress on Sunday elected a 95-stong Central Committee, in addition to 6 special invitees and 2 permanent invitees. The committee has 19 new faces including two from Kerala and 4 from West Bengal.
While S Ramachandran Pillai was given special exemption and retained in the PB, veteran leader VS Achuthanandan will continue as special invitee. PB member AK Padmanabhan was dropped. Instead Tapan Sen was included. Nilotpal Basu had also been included the PB.
While aged leader PK Gurudasan was dropped, two new faces from Kerala - Kannur leader MV Govindan and Thrissur district secretary K Radhakrishnan - found a place in the CC. Rabin Deb, Abhas Choudhary, Sujan Chakravarthy and Amigo Patra from WB got into the CC.
On a path of drastic decline in national politics, the Left, especially the CPM, is faced with looming challenges in today's political scenario. At a time when Communists are all set to indulge in 'front' politics even with its arch foe -the Congress- the new general secretary will have to sweat it out to execute a string of impending organisational and political tasks.
Collective leadership -both in the PB and CC - is essential if the CPM has to make a comeback to national politics. The so-called Kerala and West Bengal-centric factions should make way for a unified party.
"The CPM is apparently on a vigorous downward slide after being at its zenith for some time. Getting it back to where it once was, will prove to be a herculean task. The party should come up with a common programme under which the Left and other democratic forces could rally. CPI is now the only party left standing with the CPM in national politics. Even regional parties do not seem very keen to join hands with the party. Only a vibrant leadership can bring them together under an alternative policy," observed left thinker Appukuttan Vallikkunnu.
Being a general secretary without the backing of a Central Committee, or having a CC without a homogenous hold on political and organisational matters would prove to be a repetition of the last three years and would just end up a farce. However things would be different this time.
On-ground implementation of the much disputed political resolution would be the biggest challenge before the new general secretary, opined Left commentator NM Pearson. "The new political line undoubtedly is the best way in today's political scenario. How exactly an understanding within an alliance work out is what would prove tricky. Politically, that would be one of the main challenges for him, Pearson added.