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Bengal CPI(M) braces for ma­jor over­haul to in­duct young blood

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Nearly two months af­ter its worst-ever poll per­for­mance in West Bengal, the CPI(M) is set for a ma­jor over­haul in the State by re­plac­ing the old guard with new blood at all lev­els to ‘send out a mes­sage’.

The CPI(M)-led Left Front, which ruled Bengal for three decades since 1977, drew a blank in the 2019 elec­tion and lost de­posit in 40 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats.

Fac­ing strong chal­lenges from the rul­ing Tri­namool Congress and the BJP, the lat­est en­trant in Bengal pol­i­tics, the Left party has or­gan­ised two State com­mit­tee meet­ings since the elec­tion re­sults in May showed its hold on the State slip­ping.

At the meet­ings, the party con­cluded that or­gan­i­sa­tional change should hap­pen not only at the grass­roots and mid-lev­els but also at the top to as a sig­nal to the elec­torate.

The Left party is also try­ing to reach out to the youth through so­cial me­dia.

“The party is go­ing through an ex­tra­or­di­nary sit­u­a­tion and it calls for ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures. Ear­lier, the TMC was the only threat. Now, we are also fac­ing chal­lenges from the BJP,” CPI(M) Polit­buro mem­ber Han­nan Mol­lah told PTI.

“We need to bring in more youth at the lead­er­ship level, who can lead mass move­ments against com­mu­nal­ism and re­vive the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Mol­lah said.

Ac­cord­ing to CPI(M) sources, there is spec­u­la­tion that the 70-year-old Surya Kanta Mishra, who has of­ten ex­pressed the de­sire to step down as the party’s State sec­re­tary, could be re­placed with some­one com­par­a­tively ‘more young and agile’.

“Suryada had ex­pressed de­sire to pave way for young lead­ers. Noth­ing has been de­cided as of now. But by the time we have the next State con­fer­ence, we can have a new State sec­re­tary who is more young and agile,” said a se­nior CPI(M) leader, on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Fi­nal draft to be made

By Au­gust 15, all dis­trict com­mit­tees have been asked to sub­mit their pro­posal on the re­vival of the party’s or­gan­i­sa­tion. Those sug­ges­tions would be looked into and a fi­nal draft pre­pared for cen­tral com­mit­tee ap­proval, he said.

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