New Delhi, Oct 17: A three-day long high level meeting of the central committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, ended on Monday which saw a vertical split on the question of backing the Congress in upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
According to the Indian Express, out of the 63 members, 32 favored the line put forward by Prakash Karat, while 31 backed general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s view.
However, the primary objective of both the leaders is to oust the Narendra Modi government from the centre.
Karat and Yechury also believe there cannot be any electoral understanding with the Congress.
Yechury believes that the party should seek the “cooperation” of all non-Left secular parties including the Congress, while Karat is belives the party should cooperate with all secular parties, excluding the Congress.
Due to the tussle between the Yechury and Karat factions, in a final conclusion of the high level meeting, the CPM said it will decide the issue of aligning with the Congress at its 22nd party Congress which is scheduled to be held from 18 to 22 April, 2018 in Hyderabad.
After the meeting, CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury told media, based on the Polit Bureau outline and the discussions in the Central Committee, the Polit Bureau has been given the mandate to prepare a draft political resolution and present it before the next meeting”.