Thrissur: With 89 per cent of the current members of the CPM having joined the party after 1991, they were exposed to the worst era of factionalism in the state unit. The state leadership believes that these comrades will have to be groomed well in Marxist- Leninist principles to strengthen organisation at the grass root level and prevent factionalism in future. CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said since 1991, the party had faced intense factionalism which was curbed with the help and direction of the politburo. Tough decision was taken to strengthen the party and free it from the factional problems.
“With the last Alappuzha conference , factionalism had almost ended and with this conference here, it has finished completely. The unity and collective leadership witnessed during the district conferences indicated the shift. Today CPM has only one voice, no different voices. It is a big achievement each party member can be proud of,” he said Kodiyeri said the immediate task is to retain the Chengannur constituency for which the bypoll will be held soon”.
“Along with that the preparation for the Lok Sabha election in 2019 also have to begin rightaway. “We are looking at repeating the performance in 2004 when the LDF won 18 seats and Congress drew a blank,” he added. He said the conference called for effective implementation of the promises made in LDF manifesto in a time bound manner.
On CPM-CPI differences, Kodiyeri said both the parties were independent political outfits with their respective positions. “Like us the CPI too was free to decide or say what it wants to. The conference called for strengthening the ties between the two parties. Differences can always be resolved through mutual discussions,” he said added that the CPM would not take any decision that weakened the LDF.