While the debate on the tactical line of Communist Party of India continues in the State conferences, in Kerala some young delegates indirectly attacked the general secretary of CPM, Sitaram Yechuri, for toeing the line of having an understanding with the Congress. Strictly speaking Yechuri only talked about evolving appropriate political tactical line to pool all anti-BJP votes. While sticking to the Central Committee(CC) resolution in its Kolkata meet a few weeks ago, Yechuri in his characteristic style spoke about the need for fighting the spread of the Parivar forces in the country and need for consolidation of all secular forces.
This actually gave an opportunity for Yechuri to explain the stand on the tactical line which he has been campaigning for within the framework of the CC resolution on the subject. Fresh from other state conferences, where Yechuri could get more sympathetic delegates, according to news reports, Yechuri became his eloquent best when he came under attack by party men in the Kerala state meet(22nd-25th May) at Trissur. In fact it was also an opportunity for the party general secretary to take a class on the CPM, its political positions, latest political line and the need to have an overall national perspective to evolve a political line for a party like the CPM.
Yechuri in a language refreshingly notable for literary hygiene but with wit and sarcasm he told the delegates that the CPM is not Communist Party of Kerala (Marxist). Nor the party is just of West Bengal and Tripura. The party cannot take position on the basis of political situation in one particular state. Decisions are taken on the basis of overall political situation. Making it simpler for the Kerala delegates he said that Congress is the prime enemy of the CPM in Kerala. But when attempts to create Hindu Rashtra are made, it has to be defeated.
Yechuri explained that he was not for an alliance with the Congress but evolving appropriate political line to pool all anti-BJP votes. He advised the delegates who accused him of advocating alliance with the Congress to read the party programme once again. He also explained to the delegates that the party never sought to come to power through shortcuts. The party supported the UPA1 from outside. The party had declined the offer of prime ministership. He also explained the need to oppose the economic policies of NDA and its rightward shift in global politics.
It is clear that Yechuri while sticking to the CC resolution is working for pooling anti-BJP votes to defeat the BJP at the national level. The weakening position of the CPM in West Bengal and Tripura, CPI’s firm position to oppose BJP by joining hands with the Congress, weakening political position of the NDA in northern states and Congress in a revival mode may help Yechuri to move forward with his political line managing more support with the CPM. Even those opposing him at present may move nearer to Yechuri with the political situation at the national level slipping negatively, trends of which are already visible.
It may not be easy for Kerala delegates to agree with the Yechuri. Two young delegates who were highly critical of Yechuri personally got higher placement in the party hierarchy at the end of the Trissur meet. This is indicative of the mind of the leadership in the state and its attitude towards Sitaram Yechuri. All these promise a lively party Congress in April 2018.