CPM to fi­nalise its po­si­tion on al­liance by March?

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Ad­dress­ing a pub­lic meet­ing in Ker­ala, Ra­machan­dran said CPM’s Ker­ala unit, un­like its coun­ter­parts in West Ben­gal and Tripura, was op­posed to the idea of col­lab­o­rat­ing with Congress to de­feat BJP and the Sangh Pari­var at the na­tional level. “If CPM is ready to shed its politics of vi­o­lence and Stal­in­ist thoughts, Congress is ready for an open dis­cus­sion to form a sec­u­lar demo­cratic front to fight fas­cism,” he said.

The KPCC pres­i­dent also crit­i­cised CPM for not be­ing sin­cere in its at­tempts to fight BJP’s poli­cies. “The CPM sees Congress as the main op­po­si­tion. They don’t see BJP as the main en­emy. It’s not pos­si­ble for CPM to cre­ate a Left al­ter­na­tive at the na­tional level,” Ra­machan­dran said. He also de­manded that CPM’s Ker­ala lead­er­ship take cor­rec­tive mea­sures in its ap­proach to re­sist­ing BJP.

Both state­ments come at a time when dis­cus­sions on likely al­liances are un­der­way in CPM as well as Congress. While the is­sues of ‘tac­ti­cal un­der­stand­ing’ was taken up at the two-day polit­buro meet­ing, it also fig­ured at a meet­ing of PCC chiefs and leg­isla­tive party lead­ers with Rahul Gandhi and other cen­tral Congress lead­ers on Satur­day.

In West Ben­gal, this will mean Congress and Left par­ties will de­lib­er­ate on the prospects of a tie-up, with the fo­cus on “pool­ing of anti-BJP, anti-TMC votes”. While a sec­tion of Congress is keen on an al­liance, CPM is ex­pected to fi­nalise its po­si­tion at a meet­ing of the cen­tral com­mit­tee early next month, by which time it hopes to ‘set­tle’ its in­ter­nal equa­tions with the Ker­ala wing.

On Satur­day, ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence af­ter the polit­buro meet­ing, CPM chief Si­taram Yechury said the party’s poll strat­egy will de­pend com­pletely on lo­cal fac­tors and ne­ces­si­ties. “The party’s elec­toral tac­tics will be to en­sure de­feat of the BJPled al­liance, increase the strength of the CPM and the Left in Lok Sabha and en­sure an al­ter­na­tive sec­u­lar gov­ern­ment is formed at the Cen­tre,” he said.

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