CPI not have a political alliance with Congress: Sitaram Yechury

CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury speaks during a press conference in Navi Mumbai on Sunday. Express Photo by Narendra Vaskar. 26.03.2017. Mumbai.

Vastavam web: CPI(M) will not have a political alliance with Congress but an “understanding” inside and outside Parliament to stop the forces of communalism, newly-elected general secretary of the Left party, Sitaram Yechury, said today.Yechury was unanimously elected CPI(M) general secretary today after weeks of uncertainty. Towards the end of party’s 22nd congress in Hyderabad, the newly-elected 95-member central committee chose the 65-year-old leader as the party’s head.He said CPI(M) has emerged united from this congress and it is determined to carry out “our revolutionary task” to put forth an alternative policy framework. It will mobilise people to strengthen the struggle to defeat the ruling BJP, he said.

“This party congress was for unity. We will strengthen the struggle of people and move forward. This battle will be fought on the basis of alternative policies of the Left. We have to defeat the BJP – that is our first task.His political line regarding whether or not CPI(M) should involve Congress to take on BJP, had faced a major challenge.

The party leadership yesterday chose a middle path by deciding to amend the official draft on the issue by omitting the crucial phrase “no understanding” with the Congress, which was a victory of sorts for the “minority view” held by Yechury.But in the amended document, it is written that the party can unite secular democratic forces “without having a political alliance with the Congress party”, thus keeping the doors open for an electoral understanding.

“The mass organisations would work on the basis of issues related to people. When elections will come, we would chalk out our electoral tactical line on the basis of state-based political ground realities according to the political line adopted in our party congress,” Yechury said.”We are declaring to the whole country and to the world that we will not allow the secular democratic foundation of India to be torn by the communal forces and India will remain united,” he added.