The CPI(M) central leadership overestimated its own strength when it made a failed bid to block the civilian nuclear deal between India and the United States in 2008, according to the party’s confidential review report that was adopted on Tuesday.
The internal review report also says that the Left should have withdrawn its support from the first UPA government much before New Delhi moved the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“The politburo and the central committee underestimated the determination and capacity of the ruling classes (UPA) and the US imperialism to pursue the nuclear deal as part of the strategic alliance,” states the report, adopted at the end of a four-day CPI(M) meet in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
“We also overestimated our own strength and capacity to influence events.”
Allowing the government to go to the IAEA for talks in November 2007 was wrong,” noted the first and restricted part of the report. The CPI(M) has conceded its confidence an Indo-US strategic alliance wouldn’t materialise was misplaced.
“In the political-organisational report of the 19th (CPI(M)) Congress, it was stated…(that) successful conduct of the struggle to block the nuclear deal will prevent a strategic alliance with the US…the assessment did not prove to be correct.”
The report, placed before 350 delegates representing the party at the national level, points out that the decision to attempt the formation of an “alternative secular government” during the 2009 general elections “was uncalled for”.
The CPI(M) has conceded it should have stuck to its previous stand of “strengthening the non-Congress, non-BJP alternative”, since alliances with some parties in three or four states could not have been the basis for projection of a national-level electoral alternative.
The extended meeting of the central committee did not make any major change in the official tactical line the party adopted at the Coimbatore Congress in 2008. “When we supported the first UPA government, it was done to keep the BJP out of power. We still think it was the correct decision,” Karat said. “We shall continue to fight the Congress, the BJP, communalism and neo-liberal policies.” On the issue of land acquisition, he said, “No land was acquired at Nandigram; yet the campaign against us damaged the party’s image...”