CPI(M) for tac­ti­cal tie-up with Congress in West Ben­gal

Polit Bureau de­ci­sion will have to be cleared at cen­tral com­mit­tee meet in March

The Hindu - - NEWS - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The CPI(M) Polit Bureau, at the end of its two-day meet­ing on Sun­day to dis­cuss elec­toral strat­egy, re­solved to have a tac­ti­cal un­der­stand­ing in se­lect con­stituen­cies with the Congress in West Ben­gal, to con­sol­i­date the anti-BJP and an­tiTri­namool Congress votes.

The fi­nal call will be taken at the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the party’s high­est de­ci­sion­mak­ing body, in March.

Party gen­eral sec­re­tary Si­taram Yechury had told the me­dia on Satur­day that the party’s poll strat­egy would de­pend on lo­cal fac­tors and ne­ces­si­ties. “No pre-poll al­liance in

[grand al­liance] is pos­si­ble as of now. It will de­pend on the State-wise re­ports on the elec­toral tac­tics,” he said.

The Polit Bureau, for the very first time, stressed the


need to in­crease the strength of the CPI(M) in the Lok Sabha. The party is down to nine MPs in the House and even its na­tional party sta­tus is threat­ened if the tally goes down any fur­ther.

The Ker­ala unit of the party, which had re­sisted any al­liance or un­der­stand­ing with the Congress, has re­duced its pitch by a few notches. The Ben­gal unit pre­sented fig­ures of killings and at­tacks on its cadres to high­light the dire sit­u­a­tion in the State.

“We have dis­cussed the tac­tics to be fol­lowed in all the States and asked the State com­mit­tees to dis­cuss them fur­ther and em­ploy ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures based on the Party Congress de­ci­sion. I have no other clar­i­fi­ca­tion to of­fer,” S. Ra­machan­dran Pil­lai, Polit Bureau mem­ber from Ker­ala, said.

At a meet­ing of the Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee pres­i­dents with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, West Ben­gal PCC pres­i­dent Somen­dra Nath Mi­tra had ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of a tie-up with the Tri­namool. He said the Tri­namool did not ac­cept Mr. Gandhi as leader. He also pressed for a tac­ti­cal un­der­stand­ing with the CPI(M) in se­lect seats.

The West Ben­gal unit of the party that had a sim­i­lar un­der­stand­ing with the Congress for As­sem­bly polls, has again sought a tie-up, which it sees as es­sen­tial for the CPI (M)’s sur­vival in the State.


Poll ne­ces­si­ties: A file photo of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and CPI(M) leader Si­taram Yechury at a rally.

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