Thiruvananthapuram: With CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury presenting an alternative line at the 22nd Party Congress now in session in Hyderabad, the stage is now set for spirited discussions over the issue of bringing together all secular and democratic forces to defeat ‘fascist’ BJP.
Yechury presented his alternative position after former general secretary Prakash Karat placed the draft political resolution and political tactical line before the Congress. The report presented by him was the one which had been earlier adopted by the politburo and central committee in Kolkata.
The report presented by Karat categorically sates that there was no question of having any electoral alliance or understanding with a bourgeoisie-landlord party like the Congress. He said the political tactical line which was for next three years, should not be mixed with the electoral tactics.
He said the electoral tactics to defeat the BJP had already been decided and approved by the Central Commitee. The same electoral tactics was now being implemented for Karnataka elections which call for maximising the pooling of all anti-BJP votes.
After the day’s session when reporters sought to know about the alternative document, Karat said; “there is no alternative document. There is only one document which is being discussed. Only the draft political resolution adopted by CC is before the Congress.” The other view is only that of a minority, he said referring indirectly to the alternative line presented by Yechury.
While presenting his views, Yechury pointed to the dire need of bringing together all secular and democratic forces to defeat the ‘fascist’ BJP.
The group discussions of state delegates began on Wednesday night and the general discussion on the draft political resolution and political tactical line would be held on Thursday.
Sources said Yechury made a forceful presentation while placing his alternative line. He spoke for same duration as that of Karat. Those supporting Yechury line say it is wrong to say that the draft political resolution adopted by CC is the only document and rest is just minority view.
Sources said the Bengal comrades might press for a secret vote considering the response of th delegates. However, the Karat group is trying to prevent a secret vote as it is not confident of the outcome.