CPM to discuss changes at top

CPM to discuss changes at top

Party will examine discontent among cadre

Party sources reveal that changes may start from West Bengal where it is widely believed that contradictions have been overlooked during 34 years in power. Analysis over poll debacle at all levels has lead to the realisation that the current leadership could not handle electoral challenges.

Besides discussing state and district committee reports, party top brass will examine widespread discontent among cadre which has snowballed into open revolts in some places.

In West Bengal, while those like former Land Reforms minister Abdul Razzak Mollah have been venting out their ire against former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and State Secretary Biman Bose, discontentment has also been felt at local level. In Maoist stronghold of Lalgarh, party cadre have declared a separate outfit that continue to vow allegiance to CPM ideology.

Party sources insist that the Central Committee must discuss serious ideological questions posed by Singur and Nandigram that threatens the alliance the CPM has with other leftist parties.

Traditional allies like Forward Block have threatened to walk out of the alliance if  the policy and those responsible for this are not dealt with. The party’s General Secretary Debabrata Biswas has called for change in the CPM leadership. Similar calls have also come from the CPI and RSP. Front partners, who had been complaining about the “big brother” style leadership of CPM at the local level, are now asking for changes at the central leadership.

Kerala is unlikely to go through radical changes in the top leadership, as former chief minister V S Achuthanandan is seen as the tallest leader. This may strengthen the position of General Secretary Prakash Karat in the power struggle that is likely to follow after the Central Committee debate.

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