Not all comrades love the Bengal fling
The love affair between the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) and the Congress in West Bengal has left deep division among the central leaders of the Communist party.
A section of the Central Committee of the CPM is not happy the way the Bengal state committee ‘subverted’ the party directive to avoid the public display of the bonhomie with the Congress.
Some senior leaders have serious reservations over Politburo member Biman Bose's statement that the party is open to form a government with Congress based on a common programme.
"(If we win) we’ll form a government. There will be no problem to formulate a common programme. Thus far, there is only a programme of the Left Front,” he told The Hindu on the future of the partnership with the Congress in Bengal.
Biman Bose's statement and the public show of camaraderie between the CPM-Congress leadership, have created confusion in the CPM.
Bose, who is also the Chairman of the Left Front in Bengal, said that the Congress leaders come to the meetings of the Left Front uninvited.
The Left Front chairman’s comments, along with the public show of camaraderie between the CPM-Congress leadership, have created confusion among the Central Committee leaders, Asianet News reports. Though a major section of leaders opposes the Bengal leadership’s stand, they do not want to make it an issue for the time being.
Though the CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury dismissed that the agreement with Congress in Bengal will have no affect on the prospects of the party in Kerala, the state leaders, who fiercely opposed the truck with the Congress, are finding it difficult to give a logical explanation to the goings on in West Bengal.