The CPM is trying to get back in shape ahead of the elections in West Bengal and Kerala next year.
The Left party has decided to up the anti-Congress chorus even as it continues opposing the BJP. The party will, however, move cautiously on the idea of a third-front — an approach different from the one it took during the last Lok Sabha elections.
While party general secretary Prakash Karat won the day in getting the party deciding to go after the Congress, the cautious approach on the issue of third alternative is indicative of party tempering down its boss who went all-out to cobble up a third alternative before the last Lok Sabha polls.
The three-day central committee (CC) meeting of the party, which ended on Friday, finalised the draft political resolution of for the extended central committee meeting in Vijayawada next month.
The resolution hits hard on the BJP. But, when asked about the possibility of his party allying with Congress to keep the BJP at bay Karat said, "Where is that question now?.. It's a hypothetical one." But he said building the third alternative was a "time taking process."
"The party should oppose the Congress, the prime mover of the neo-liberal policies of the UPA government, which represents the interests of the big bourgeoisie and favours a pro-US foreign policy," says one of the tasks set out in the draft political resolution.
The draft political resolution, party sources said also mentions the timing of withdrawal of support to the UPA-1 over the Indo-US nuclear deal was wrong.
It also criticises Karat-led central leaders for underestimating the Congress in both seeing through the deal and the government surviving.