It was not a mistake to snap ties with the Congress and look for a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has concluded. It is widely held that both the moves pushed the party to defeat.
These were “correct tactics”, the central committee — the party’s highest decision-making platform — asserted on Monday, capping a month-long exercise to uncover the reasons for the CPM’s worst poll performance in decades.
However, the party said its call for an alternative government without a cohesive, national coalition was “wrong”.
“Our party reviewed the party tactical line. The central committee is of the firm opinion that it was correct and necessary. There was no other option (to withdrawing support to UPA),” party general secretary Prakash Karat said.
The central committee stamp on key party decisions will come as a boost for Karat, who has been blamed for pushing the strident political line of opposing the Congress and withdrawing support.
However, Karat did admit that some partymen disagreed. “On the question of timing, earlier also there was a discussion that we should have done it (withdrawal of support) earlier.”
“There was near unanimity on the withdrawal of support in our party.”
Asked if he would take personal responsibility, Karat said: “I, as the general secretary, have taken the responsibility for implementing the decisions of the central committee. To that extent, I’m also responsible along with the CC (sic).”
The party has ruled out any change in its stand on opposing reforms in the financial sector. “We’ll oppose measures to bring foreign capital to banking and retail. We’ll demand that burden of the financial crisis is not passed to the poor,” Karat said.