SALEM: Taking tangible steps towards re-unification of the communist parties, supporting proportional representation system and other electoral reforms continuing the stand of no alliance with other parties in TamilNadu, were some of the decisions taken by the CPI at its State committee meeting here.
The party deliberated the causes of the party’s electoral defeat and the overall political role of the Left movement in the wake of upsurge of right wing politics in the country.
The media was spurned and not even a resolution copy was issued.
However, the CPI’s national general secretary and former MP Sudakar Reddy in an exclusive interview to the Express outlined the party’s post poll position.
He said the party men by and large were in favour of joining any political alliance and the introspection revealed that the Communists were not demoralized although disappointed with the election outcome.
Role of money, caste based politics, lack of electoral reforms and pro corporate media’s influence, were some of the factors that went against the Left and helped the BJP to win the election, Sudakar Reddy pointed out.
“We discussed proportional representation as part of the much needed broad electoral reforms.
“If the BJP can win 52 percent of the seats with mere 31 per cent votes and the BSP could not win even a single seat with 4 percent votes, then the need and time for considering proportional representation has come.
“ We will discuss further on the matter in our national council meeting in the capital from June 20 to 22”, said Sudakar Reddy.
As far as Tamil Nadu is concerned, as the AIADMK withdrew from the alliance suddenly, there was no time to meet the people and carry out a thorough campaign.
Alliance with democratic parties would have given a better result, but there was no time, he said.
The possibility of allying with the DMK could not be considered because of the party fielding tainted men including A Raja.
Speaking about the reunification move he said the two parties were working even more closely and the well wishers of the party have advised the reunification of the Left.
Although this is our goal it will take time for the eventuality. As regards taking on board the smaller communist parties in the Left unification or in the left consolidation exercise, Sudakar Reddy said the party had an open mind to work with any Communist movement provided they adopted the parliamentary democracy path.
Meanwhile, pitching for the realease of the father of the social activist, priest Alex Premkumar D Raja said, the National Secretary of the CPI said that the party condemned the abduction of the social activist Priest Alex Premkumar.