THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury has called for consensus on the draft political resolution to be presented at 23rd party congress in Hyderabad in April. Mr Yechury reportedly made the plea while presenting his alternative draft before the three-day central committee which began in Kolakata on Friday. He said that under the present political circumstances efforts should be made to avoid placing of two drafts before the party congress.
The general secretary's call for consensus will pave the way for intense discussion in central committee over the next two days. The discussion is expected to focus on how to defeat the BJP and how to bring together all anti-BJP forces to take the communal and fascist outfits head on. Mr Yechury's call for consensus came in the wake of Karat faction toughening its position against understanding with Congress. They say even though the party considers BJP-RSS as the enemy No. 1, it should steer clear of any cooperation with Congress to defeat the 'communal and fascist' forces.
The Karat faction had also hinted at settling the issue through division of votes. However, Yechury faction is not in favour of vote. In the event of alternative draft getting rejected by a big majority, the position of general secretary could become weak. While the Kerala unit of the party has backed Karat line strongly, veteran leader V.S. Achuthanandan has backed Mr Yechury saying that the party should adopt a practical approach in view of the threat posed by the communal forces. Apart from Kerala, the Tripura and Andhra units are strongly opposed to any kind of understanding with Congress.
Yechury faction has reiterated that the party should not lose sight of the four pronged war being waged by the CPM against BJP-RSS communal politics; neo-liberal economic reforms; subverting parliamentary democracy and educational and cultural institutions and their abject surrender to US imperialism. The fight is against Modi government's four pronged attack on the democratic polity. This fight is for the nation and its people and to bring the country out of the clutches of divisive forces....