CPI-M not in favor of alliance with Congress

Kolkata: The CPI(M) Polit Bureau has pretty much ruled out a proposal by a section of the party backed by general secretary Sitaram Yechury in order to amend the political line to ally with the Congress and other Opposition parties.

This opinion was vociferously opposed by a majority of the Polit Bureau members, especially those from Kerala who have consistently stalled any alliance with the Congress, the party’s main adversary in the State. “The majority view of the PB is that such an alliance does not help our cause. Merely standing with the Congress or other political parties will not effectively counter BJP,” a Poilt Bureau member said .

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It is worthwhile mentioning that this is the second PB meeting to discuss the draft outline of the party’s “political-tactical” line. The resolution will be finalised in the party congress scheduled for April next year. The party congress meets once in three years and this one would be the last before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “We tried to arrive at a consensus, but since we could not, both the views will now be presented to the Central Committee,” the PB member added. The meeting is scheduled for October 14-16.

In 2002 too, the party had taken a similar position.

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