Sitaram Yechury’s words inspire CPI

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The CPI (M) politburo member, Mr Sitaram Yechury’s candid words on reunification of the Communist parties have struck a chord with the CPI.

The central secretariat member, Mr Atul Kumar Anjaan, told Deccan Chronicle over phone from New Delhi that he believed Mr Yechury’s comments reflected the inner party deliberations at the just concluded central committee meeting of the CPI (M) in Hyderabad.

Mr Yechury told the media the other day that cooperation was already on at the grassroots level between class and mass organisations of the two parties, which he hoped would eventually lead to the merger, though a time-frame could not be set now.

The CPI leader, however, drew a distinction between merger and reunification. Mergers led to demergers and disintegration, as it happened with the post-Emergency Janata Party, which merged to form a ministry and splintered soon after.

What’s needed was the reunification of the Communist movement, encompassing the broad spectrum of the Left in India, he said.

It is the humiliating defeat of the Left in West Bengal and the face-saver in Kerala that has forced the Left ideologues to think in terms of reunification.

The Left being out of power in the two major States and no more linked up with Congress presents an opportunity for an all-out political offensive.

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