Wrapping up their soul-searching exercise after Lok Sabha electoral debacle, several members of CPI (M)'s Central Committee today questioned the timing of the party's withdrawal of support to UPA government on Indo-US nuclear deal and the lack of preparation to face its fall-out.
Reeling under their worst electoral show, the members of the CC, on the concluding of its two-day meeting, said no spade work was done as to how CPI (M) would cope with the political situation arising out of withdrawal of support, sources said.
Leaders from Kerala and Bengal, besides those from other parts, also spoke in different voices on issues like Indo-US nuclear deal and withdrawal of support. While all of them reiterated their opposition to the nuclear deal, some raised questions about the timing and tactics of the withdrawal.
Members from West Bengal pointed to infighting, corruption, failure to fulfil promises at the local level and "irresponsive" administration as among the major causes for the electoral reverses.
Formation of the Third Front just before elections also came under flak with many leaders going by the Politburo line that state-level alliances could not be transformed into a national level front.