Barely 72 hours after his comments on a possible Congress-CPM alliance to counter Trinamool Congress, CPM central committee member Gautam Deb gave a written explanation to the party saying the media misrepresented his statement and that he never called for an electoral alliance. His comments on the alliance had left CPM top rung red-faced.
“It is the adopted decision of the 21st Party Congress held at Visakhapatnam in April that our party will have no political alliance with the Congress. So, nobody can adopt a different political line. Gautam Deb has told the party that the media misrepresented his statement,” CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Monday before the two-day meeting of the CPM state committee.
“Gautam Deb did not directly refer to the Congress and did not go against the resolution adopted by the party,” said Yechury, sending a message to Deb and his followers. He also clarified that the CPM would have only issue-based understanding with the Congress inside Parliament.
Asked about the losses the CPM suffered post-2011 assembly polls, Yechury said his party was capable of turning around on its own.
Even former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee reportedly told Gautam Deb in private that he should have been more careful while making statements on such sensitive issues.
Deb’s written explanation, however, did not spare him of criticisms at the state committee meeting. Two senior members, Achintya Mallick and Tarini Roy, raised the issue and said media reports attributed to Gautam Deb would create more confusion among party workers and send wrong signal to voters as well.
The focus of the two-day exercise at the state headquarters is to frame an action plan for countering political violence and loss of public support to the Trinamool.
On Monday, the Bengal unit drafted the outline of political resistance and public agitation to be adopted across the state on issues ranging from political violence to the plight of farmers.
The party will observe the 40th anniversary of the Emergency on June 26 and follow it up with agitation in the districts over the next two months.