THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the face of electoral setbacks, the CPM will explore ways to win back the trust of its cadres who shifted their allegiance to other parties in states such as West Bengal and Tripura, said politburo member M A Baby. At the 22nd party congress, the CPM will formulate its tactics in such a way that not a single anti-BJP vote is lost, he said.
“Not a single anti-BJP vote will be lost owing to a lackadaisical approach. No one will be given an opportunity to blame the CPM. We will ensure that every single vote against the BJP is polled. Our tactics will be such that all such votes will be mobilised,” he said.
The senior leader rejected reports of differences within the leadership. “There is no dispute whatsoever among the top brass. There are only different shades of perception being voiced, as to the kind of tactics to be adopted in order to defeat the BJP, which is the primary objective. The party congress will hold deliberations on how to fine-tune various strategies to achieve this target,” he said.
The party congress will also hold discussions on how to make the CPM grow as an independent political force, and the organisational and political efforts needed for that. It will explore ways to win back the trust of the people, especially those who decamped in Bengal and Tripura.
The country is now caught in a wide array of agitations, including farmers’ protests like the one in Maharashtra, students’ agitations across campuses as well as workers’ stirs. Taking up such issues and reaching out to the masses will be a major point of discussion, he said.
Ensuring unity among the Left and other democratic forces will be another objective. “We are not talking about unity within the Left alone. We need to be able to factor in these various ongoing agitations into an effective alternative political line. And with the Lok Sabha elections looming in 2019, the primary objective is to ensure the thrashing of the BJP on the electoral front,” he said.