Merger with the CPI is not on the agenda of the party, said CPI (M) general secretary Praksh Karat, setting to rest a debate triggered by the statement of his Politburo colleague Sitaram Yechury.
Karat made this statement at Thrissur in Kerala on the sidelines of a seminar organised in the memory of veteran Marxist leader late EMS Namboodiripad. He added that the party would strive to strengthen the Left unity in the country. On questions about his continuance as general secretary of the party despite the drubbing it received in the assembly polls in West Bengal and Kerala, Karat said it was the party which had to decide on the matter.
“If the party desired so (continuance as general secretary), I will abide by that,” he said. Earlier inaugurating the seminar, Karat said Marxism had faced challenges during the last three decades both in theory and practice. “Many of these challenges emanated out of the globalised finance capitalism.”
He said it was important to look at Marxism, in theory and practice, in “a new way” with an “authentic understanding” of its theories in the changed context.