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Central committee will examine Bengal’s poll tactics: Brinda Karat

CPI(M) member Brinda Karat talks to Saubhadra Chatterji about the Left parties’ immediate concerns after the defeat in West Bengal.

West Bengal 2016 Updated: May 21, 2016 01:03 IST
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CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat has said that party’s Bengal State Committee will review the approach taken during elections and the decision taken in Bengal to go with Congress.
CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat has said that party’s Bengal State Committee will review the approach taken during elections and the decision taken in Bengal to go with Congress.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)

CPI(M) member Brinda Karat talks to Saubhadra Chatterji about the Left parties’ immediate concerns after the defeat in West Bengal. Excerpts:

Was it another “historic blunder” to go with the Congress in West Bengal for the polls?

The Bengal State Committee will review the approach taken during elections and the decision taken in Bengal to go with Congress. The Central Committee will examine Bengal’s poll tactics. But what is of immediate and urgent concern is the post poll attacks. It is an unprecedented fascist attack. I think it is the duty of every democratic minded citizen in India to raise their voice against this.

Some of your leaders had started talking about forming the government even as the poll was underway. Was it a mistake?

That question is best put to our comrades in Bengal.

Should the Bengal unit be held accountable?

There was no such pressure for “allowing such a model.” For a communist party what is of primary importance is the political framework in which we conduct our work. We have to examine that.

Now it seems CPI(M) can’t even introspect honestly, let alone make a course correction

This may be your opinion, which I do not share. I doubt if you will find as honest a document reflecting not only introspection but also the way forward, than the reviews we conducted in the party at the Party Congress last year. The question is its implementation.