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CPI-M Central Committee rules out electoral understanding with Congress
Last Updated : 22 Jan 2018 01:58:36 AM IST
CPI-M Central Committee rules out electoral understanding with Congress
CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury addresses a press conference in Kolkata


The CPI-M's Central Committee on Sunday ruled out, by majority vote, any "understanding or electoral alliance" with the Congress in its draft political resolution, but General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the Congress slated to be held in Hyderabad ' title=' final decision will be taken in the party Congress slated to be held in Hyderabad '>final decision will be taken in the party Congress slated to be held in Hyderabad in April.

Iterating that the party's main task was to defeat the BJP government at the centre and its policies, which have carried out "unprecedented assaults" and imposed "unprecedented burden" on India and its people, he said the electoral tactics would be decided by the states at the time of polls.

In order to meet the "threat" from the BJP, the Central Committee - which concluded its three-day session on Sunday - called for mobilising "all secular democratic forces".

"As per the draft political resolution which was adopted by the Central Committee with a 55-33 vote, appropriate electoral tactics will be undertaken, which will ensure maximum pooling of popular votes against the BJP.

"How that will be done, when elections come, at that time depending on the concrete situation state to state, we will take a call. But the line that the party will follow, is the line that will be defined by the highest forum, the party Congress, on the basis of which things will be worked out," he said.

To a specific query on whether the party would enter into a tie-up with the Congress, Yechury said: "The amended form of the Politburo draft has been adopted by the Central Committee.. .As per the draft, there would be no understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress."

"Since 2002, we have always said there is no electoral front or alliance with the Congress, because it represents the interest of the Indian ruling classes," he said.

Reminding that the CPI-M-led Left Front had forged an electoral understanding with the Congress in West Bengal during last year's assembly polls, Yechury said "electoral tactics are electoral tactics" but the political resolutions taken here would determine the party's political or tactical line for the next three years based on the final decision by the party Congress.

He said the amended draft, formulated through three meetings of the Politburo and the Central Committee, will be placed before the party Congress.

"Two months ahead of the Congress, the draft will be released to the party rank and file. That will be done in mid February. All units and members have the right to submit amendments to the draft resolution. All amendments will be placed at party Congress," he said.

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