New Delhi, Aug. 19: Prakash Karat today said the CPM central committee had endorsed the need for revamping the Bengal party to “maintain close links with the people”, betraying fears that the state unit had not recovered from the 2011 electoral setback.
“The central committee (has) extended support to the party and the Left Front in undertaking the task of revamping the party organisation to maintain close links with the people and take up demands of different sections of the working people to launch struggles,” Karat said, briefing reporters after a three-day politburo and central committee meeting.
The CPM general secretary said no timeframe had been set for the revamp and added that the party’s state committee would take up the issue at a meeting scheduled on August 22.
Karat blamed the poor show in the recent Bengal panchayat polls on “large-scale terror and rigging” by the ruling Trinamul. “The situation in Bengal is not normal. The ruling party is indulging in violent suppression of the Opposition,” he said.
But sources said it was widely acknowledged at the meeting that the state unit had not been able to overcome the loss of power. At the three-day meeting, the Bengal unit made a presentation on the panchayat elections that painted a dismal picture of the party organisation in the state.
The central committee felt the need for striking an electoral understanding with regional parties in a bid to increase the party’s Lok Sabha tally. “The central committee decided to strive for an electoral understanding with some of the non-Congress secular parties in certain states,” Karat said. Asked which states he had in mind, Karat named Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Assam.
Karat said the party was eyeing a seat-share pact with Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and with the BJD in Odisha. “In the last Assembly election we had an alliance with the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu,” Karat said.
He avoided a direct reply when questioned about Jayalalithaa’s apparent closeness with BJP mascot Narendra Modi. “The AIADMK has opposed all the policies of the UPA government in Parliament,” Karat said.