THIRUVANANTHPURAM: CPM is all set to redraw the party's political tactical line in sync with new “concrete situations”, mainly the growing threat posed by rightwing forces and the party’s approach to Congress in checkmating the principal adversary. The change in the party's political-tactical line may come at the 22nd Party Congress, scheduled in Hyderabad between April 18 and April 22.
The thrust is on bringing clarity on the principal adversary and tactics to be adopted. Leaders backing former general secretary Prakash Karat oppose any truck with Congress while his successor, Mr Sitaram Yechury, enjoys the backing of the party’s Bengal unit in striking a broad understanding with Congress to take on the NDA.
"The concrete conditions have changed since 2015 and we will meet in 2018 again...the basic essential element of Marxism is concrete analysis of concrete conditions... Conditions have changed, so our analysis and alignment accordingly will change," Mr Yechury told reporters after a meeting of the politburo in New Delhi on Thursday. He believes the time has come to distinguish between the BJP and Congress and the two cannot be treated equally as enemies. The party is set to go back to 2008 position of identifying the BJP as “Enemy No 1”.
The fresh political tactical line along with the draft political resolution would be discussed in detail at the next central committee meeting in October. Cow vigilantism, growing intolerance, lynching for cow protection, attacks on Dalits, tribal people and minorities, undermining of constitutional institutions, and polarisation aimed at creating a divide on religious lines are some of the major threats facing the nation. Hence, the party wants to fight the BJP as enemy No 1, CPM sources say. In the 2016 West Bengal assembly election, CPM had an understanding with the Congress on seat sharing. But the Left Front was pushed to the third position, behind TMC and the Congress. The CPM politburo had pulled up the state unit over the debacle, terming its tactical line as ill-conceived and not in consonance with the party’s political tactical line.