Day two: Party moving away from poor, feels CPM Kerala meet

With back-to-back references about political killings in Kannur at the state meet, a broad understanding has been reached to clamp down on violence.

Published: 24th February 2018 01:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th February 2018 01:55 AM   |  A+A-

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury speaks to state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan as senior leader Elamaram Kareem, left, and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan look on | Ramees M A

Express News Service

THRISSUR: The second day of the CPM state meet on Friday took an introspective take on the party and it’s functioning during the discussions and organisational report.With more details of the organisational report coming out, stringent criticism was levelled against the style of functioning of the party. It was pointed out the party was moving away from the poor and the commoners. The meet observed that bourgeoisie were getting into the party and were even going to the extent of influencing the party policies.

The report further expressed concern over the increasing influence of the Sangh Parivar among the masses. The report said other than the CPM, only the CPI wielded some sort of influence in certain regions.
The increasing influence of the BJP-led political front in the state should be viewed as a major threat. There should be ideological campaigns conducted that would focus on secular values to curtail the same. The organisational report also spoke of the need to propagate scientific ideas and thoughts.  

Going by the report, it is the CPM that still wields a wider influence across the state, followed by the CPI. The other parties in the Left front, however, have been restricted to some pockets alone. The report exuded confidence about the CPM government’s return to power, but also pointed at the need to further strengthen the front.   Commoners were not with the party. Earlier, the majority of the poor were with the party, the meet said.

‘Why these killings, Krishna?’ Gandhari had asked Sri Krishna at Kurukshetra after the war in the Mahabharata. Things have now come to such an end as far as political killings are concerned, said P K Gopan, one of the delegates who took part in the general discussion at the CPM state conference. The political violence that put the party in a spot came up during discussions. Sources said a delegate from Kollam raised the satirical question on the killings, quoting the Mahabharata. Delegate V P P Mustafa from Kasargod wondered whether the decisions taken at the Palakkad plenum were no longer applicable to party leaders and cadre. 

Many of the decisions regarding a certain code of conduct in daily life are not being followed in its essence, he said. Even while the party has clear guidelines about the way leaders should behave with the masses, these are not being followed in its true spirit.

With back-to-back references about political killings in Kannur at the state meet, a broad understanding has been reached to clamp down on violence. Given the backdrop, police action in 
the Shuhaib murder probe has been intensified.

Even as the CPM organisational report points at the need to expand the Left Font, central committee member A Vijayaraghavan said the CPM had not taken a call in that regard. He termed queries on whether the CPM would take K M Mani back into the LDF as ‘hypothetical.’


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