Yechury, Karat face off as crucial CPM meet takes place

Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat

Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat

Kolkata: The CPI (M)'s Central Committee (CC) today adopted a draft political resolution ruling out any form of electoral alliances or adjustments with the Congress, party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.

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Vijayan, who is now the final word in the CPI (M) in Kerala, also ensured that in case voting takes place, it should, under no circumstance go Yechury's way, by ensuring that each member from Kerala takes part, including the ailing 82-year-old former state minister PK Gurudasan, who had collapsed at a party meeting in Thiruvananthapuram recently. "I am here before you as general secretary because the CPI (M) politburo and central committee has sent me", he said. While Yechury, known to be more pragmatic has the backing of the Bengal faction, the more hardline, Karat on the other hand is being supported by the party's Kerala leadership.

Yechury dodged questions about differences in the party Central Committee, the placing of two political resolutions at the meeting, and whether he was considering resigning from the post after repeated defeats of his line.

"The Kerala CPI (M) leadership is behind this as they want Modi more than protecting the secular fabric of our country". However, there has been no official confirmation yet of any alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the two Tripura-based tribal outfits.

In the two months from now till the party congress, the draft will be put up for consultation.

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Sources said the central committee meeting held four rounds of voting over the draft. There were a total of 75 amendments moved in the final round.

Unfortunately, such an alliance in the West Bengal Assembly elections in 2016 had not worked for the CPI (M), with the party coming third, even after the Congress. "There can not be any understanding or electoral alliance with Congress", Yechury told the media before leaving for Delhi.

The Indian Express quoted unidentified CPI (M) leaders as saying that the "real battle" would be fought there, and the general secretary, along with the West Bengal unit, will push to defeat the proposal of the Prakash Karat faction. After this, calls by the Karat camp for an ideologically pure stand gained mo-mentum.

To avoid the voting on Sunday, which showed division within the party, the matter was previously discussed in the politburo as well, but even at this forum, Yechury's proposal was struck down by a majority of members, albeit a thinner one-31 to 26.

If the faction's tactical line gets dumped through a voting, Yechury stated that it would be hard for him to continue in the post of party secretary.

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