So, the present strife in CPI(M) whether to ally with Congress or not looks like an absurd drama. It has nothing to do with fighting fascism, as the Congress credentials with regard to it is not at all praise worthy. In a way it is the Congress policies and the failure of the left to build a people’s alternative against Congress which created conditions for the BJP-Sangh Parivar to come to power. Neither Congress nor other ruling class parties/regional parties are prepared to accept this fact. They are not prepared to put forward a people oriented democratic-development agenda against the BJP. Nor is the Left Front led by the CPI(M) prepared to make a self critical evaluation for its debacle in W Bengal, or to move away from the neoliberal policies its government pursues in Kerala.
In such a situation, the tussle whether to ally with Congress or not is entirely dictated by the opportunist parliamentary needs of its two strongholds, WB and Kerala. In WB after the 2011debacle it cannot think of any revival without allying with the Congress openly. But in Kerala the future of CPI(M) led LDF very much depends on its capability to keep the Congress away from recuperating from its present mess. Yechuri and Karat are leading these two views. Their strife has nothing to do with putting forward a people’s alternative agenda and mobilizing the left and democratic forces based on it as was decided by its last Party Congress, but never implemented. It is nothing but an absurd drama. The Communists in India have to look beyond them and strive for building a mass people’s platform based on a people’s manifesto to defeat the fascist challenges and to advance towards people’s democracy and socialism.
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