The CPI (M) has analysed the reasons for the "reverses" it suffered in West Bengal and Kerala in the last Lok Sabha elections and also "identified" the steps needed to be taken for course correction.
Party General Secretary Prakash Karat, however, did not publicly elaborate what the reasons (for the debacle) were and the corrective action they proposed, leaving it to be discussed at the four-day Extended Central Committee meeting that he inaugurated in Vijayawada on Saturday.
Noting that the CPM suffered "reverses" in both West Bengal and Kerala in the last Lok Sabha elections, Karat said the party has carefully looked into why it happened and also identified the steps to be taken to remedy the situation.
"We should do our utmost so that the people of West Bengal and Kerala renew their faith in the party and the Left-led alliances there," he told the 370-odd top party leaders attending the ECC meet.
Underlining the significance of the ECC meeting, the CPI(M) General Secretary said it was to take stock of the political situation in the country and to chalk out a political line which could "help us tackle the current situation and meet the various challenges that we are facing.”
"In the present dismal scene in the country, only the CPI(M) and the Left present a real alternative in terms of the path of development and policies," he said.
At the same time, Karat said the priority of the Left should be to get the women’s reservation Bill passed in the Lok Sabha and ensure implementation of Ranganath Mishra Commission report on reservation for minorities in education and jobs and stringent steps to end all forms of caste discrimination, particularly untouchability.
The ECC passed a resolution during the inaugural session paying homage to 255 "martyrs" killed by "anti-Left forces” in West Bengal since the last Lok Sabha elections.
"The 255 persons have fallen victim to the depredations of the Maoists, the Trinamool Congress and the Congress," the resolution said.