Leadership change not on cards, says Karat

Leadership change not on cards, says Karat

Briefing the media on the outcome of the two-day deliberations of the Central committee since Friday last, Karat blamed the unity of the extreme right and the extreme left (Maoists) in West Bengal for the party’s debacle, the first in 34 years of Left rule since 1977.

“The big defeat was mostly due to people’s desire for a change of government and an impact of accumulated negativism (incumbency) against the Left rule,” he said.

Even then two crore voters accounting for 41 per cent of the electorate voted for the Left Front. The party received the reports on the elections by both West Bengal and Kerala and some corrective steps and strategies will be worked out to set right anomalies in the party structure in appeasing certain sectors in both states.

“The mistakes with regard to Singur and Nandigram had proved costly and the review had identified defects and shortcomings which alienated various sections of the electorate,” Karat observed.

The issue of inducting V S Achutanandan into the politburo was not discussed at this meet. He described the situation in Kerala as favourable to the Left Democratic Front which missed power barely by three seats.