All’s not well in INDIA? CPM to stay out of coordination panel

NEW DELHI: Arguing that the INDIA alliance is a platform of like-minded parties, not a party itself,


on Sunday decided against sending its nominee to the bloc’s coordination committee, a move seen as a U-turn after it agreed to the formation of sub-committees at the group’s meeting in Mumbai last month.
CPM had in principal agreed to setting up sub-committees for closer coordination – including the 14-member coordination committee – when INDIA bloc leaders had met. However, the party sought time to nominate a representative to the committee and said the name would be announced later.
Barring the coordination committee, CPM has nominated its members to the campaign committee, and working groups on media, social media and research. Interestingly, CPI has not expressed any such reservations and has nominated party chief D Raja to the coordination committee.

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“Internal differences”, however, appear to have surfaced in the intervening period between the Mumbai meeting and the coordination committee meeting at NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar’s house last week. While CPM general secretary

Sitaram Yechury

met Pawar hours before the coordination committee met, no CPM representative was sent to attend the meeting.
The internal differences, sources said, were voiced most prominently by the party’s Kerala leaders over the “impossibility” of coordinating with Congress, while their colleagues in West Bengal expressed similar reservations regarding Trinamool Congress. With a clear solution not in sight, a decision to address the concerns was deferred to the party’s central committee meeting, scheduled in New Delhi during October 27-29.

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The politburo’s statement, following its meeting over the weekend, hinted at the differences within.
According to CPM leader

Sujan Chakraborty

, the opposition has to unite against BJP across the country. “There is no doubt in that. But in states like Bengal, BJP emerged with TMC’s tacit support. Therefore, we have to fight against both BJP and TMC in the state. Those who apprehend that CPM will enter into an alliance with TMC are wrong,” Chakraborty said. CPM’s Rajya Sabha MP Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya echoed the views.

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