CPI-M extended central committee meet from Aug 7


New Delhi : The extended central committee meeting of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) will be held in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh Aug 7-10 to discuss the current political situation.

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CPI-M leaders, however, ruled out a change of guard at the meeting. “No organisational revamp will take place during the conference,” a top party source told IANS.

A central committee meeting last month discussed and adopted a draft political resolution and review report which will be placed before the Vijayawada conclave.

The draft resolution was prepared keeping in mind party general secretary Prakash Karat’s opposition to the “pro-US foreign policy” and neo-liberal policies of the government, party sources said.

If the extended central committee approves the resolution, it would be a snub to leaders like West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who is reportedly unhappy over the CPI-M decision to break off ties with the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the sources added.

Karat led the Left parties to withdraw support to the UPA government in 2008 over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

A section of the party in West Bengal believes that Karat’s decision to snap ties with the Congress led to the Left’s rout in the 2009 Lok Sabha election.

The draft political resolution said the UPA government was working to strengthen the strategic alliance with the US at all levels, including in military collaboration.

“This alliance influences domestic policies and is the main detriment to an independent foreign policy. The party has to step up the opposition to the Indo-US strategic alliance and its various manifestations,” it said.

The party vowed to keep fighting “communal politics”.

“The RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and its political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party, represent the main vehicle for majority communalism and the Hindutva ideology. Though the BJP suffered electoral setbacks, there is no let up on communal activities,” the resolution said.

“In the coming days the struggle against communalism and the Hindutva-based activities needs to be carried on. At the same time, the party should be vigilant to counter minority communalism and extremism,” it added.