CPM May no More Forge Ties With Regional Parties at National Level

Published: 01st February 2015 10:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st February 2015 10:49 AM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: CPI(M) is likely to give up its earlier stance of forging alliances with regional parties at the national level and accord primacy to strengthening Left unity across the country while acknowledging its dwindling strength.

However, it may get into electoral adjustments with non- Left parties in states "wherever required in the party's interests and which can help rally the Left and democratic

forces in the state", the CPI(M) said in a draft review report on its political tactical line (PTL).

In the prevailing political scenario, it said that in the present stage, "given their present role, there is no basis for forging an alliance with them at the national level".

The document is to be debated among all its leaders and cadre across the country before being finalised at the 21 Party Congress in Vishakhapatnam from April 14-19.

The party also says there could be "swift changes in the political situation. New contradictions may emerge amongst the bourgeois parties and within them.

"Political parties may undergo changes through splits or coming together to form a new party. Flexible tactics should be evolved to deal with the situation. In our pursuit of united actions, joint platforms may have to be formed on specific political or mass issues."

The document said while CPI(M)'s membership increased from 5.8 lakh in early 1990s to 10.45 lakh in 2012, this rise was "mainly concentrated" in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura which constituted 73 per cent of the total membership.

The growth in other states, including Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, "do not indicate any major increase in the mass influence and independent strength of the Party," the document said.

"Priority should be given to enhance the independent role of the party and expanding its strength and mass base" and strengthening Left unity, the CPI(M) said.

A Left and Democratic Front (LDF) and programme should be evolved, as part of which "we should take steps to widen and deepen Left unity", the report said, adding that "electoral tactics should be dovetailed to the primacy of building the LDF".

Noting that communalism disrupted the unity of the working people, the CPI(M) report said communal threat was "also used as an instrument by the ruling classes to divert the discontent engendered by the neo-liberal policies and the bourgeois-landlord order".

The rise of majority communalism leads to minority communalism which needs to be countered too, it said.

Though it has accepted it earlier too, the party, while analysing major political developments, categorically stated it had committed a "mistake" by delaying the withdrawal of support to UPA government over the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Noting that there was no other way than to withdraw support, the party said not doing so in October-November 2007 when the Manmohan Singh government went to the IAEA on the nuke deal, instead of July 2008 when the support was actually withdrawn, "was a mistake".

The CPI(M) leadership also "underestimated the determination and the capacity of the ruling classes and US imperialism to pursue the nuclear deal as part of the strategic alliance. We also overestimated our own strength and capacity to influence events", said the document.

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