(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 31, 2009
On Organisational Weaknesses’
The state committee noted that the Congress-led coalition/alliance achieved unexpected success at the all-India level of the Lok Sabha polls garnering 61 seats more than it had done in 2004. The percentage increase in votes won was less than impressive, up from 26.50 to 28.50 according to provisional figures of the Election Commission. The Congress won 205 seats, and with allies the tally reached 262.
There was a remarkable and welcome decrease in the electoral strength of the BJP and the NDA it leads in terns of seats won and voting percentage. While NDA won 159 seats, the BJP lost 2.90 per cent of votes from 2004. The combined total of voting percentage of BJP + Congress (at 48.70 per cent) remained below the figure obtained in 2004.
Despite winning with élan, both
seats in Tripura
inclusive of every assembly segment there, the CPI(M) lost 25 seats it
in 2004 in the states of
There is a need for deep-rooted
surveys and analyses
at the all-India and the state level in a wide manner to identify the
why such electoral results were obtained. This will take some time to
through. Primarily, the
First, despite the exceptions obtaining in several states as far as results were concerned, the nation’s electorate, especially the secular part being conscious of the terrorist threat in particular, regarded the Congress as the more reliable vehicle for the setting up of a stable government as against a hung parliament and instability.
The people were also eager to prevent a return to office of the communal BJP and this is a contributory cause why the support of the secular vote behind the Congress platform increased. It is true that it was the pressure from the Left that saw the passage of legislations like the NREGA, the adivasi and forest rights bill, and other social welfare programmes. Nonetheless, the electoral benefit was reaped by the Congress as a party.
The Left fought the election in different states in conjunction and in alliance with a number of ‘non-Congress, non-BJP’ political parties. This was necessary to build up a ‘non-Congress-secular’ electoral alternative at the all-India level. The people did not accept as a stable, reliable alternative such an alliance that grew up immediately prior to the elections in some states.
The state committee believed
that the all-India trend
of results played a decisive role in election results obtaining in
The state committee shall
identify these lacunae in a
specific way and attach more importance to rectification of the
political-organisational fault-lines. It
shall learn the necessary lessons from the verdict cast by the mass of
people of Bengal in the Lok Sabha elections, earnest and eager as the
A large number of comrades have
taken a huge risk, and
have struggled to the cost of their lives in the run up to and during
elections. And 34 have been martyred by the enemies, bringing up to a
no less that 353 members of the
The people devoted themselves
heart-and-soul in a
struggle that involved standing face-to-face before the combined enmity
might of the attack being centred on this Left bastion with the active
It does not carry with the ideological stance of the CPI(M) and the historical experience to ponder about the long-lasting character of the elements that make up the present situation. Newer sections of the society would be pulled into the mainstream of resistance and struggle because of the insistent transfer of the burden of the worldwide economic crisis onto the shoulders of developing nations like India, the surrender of the Indian ruling classes before imperialist pressure-tactics, the consequent price rise, unemployment, closure, and lay offs affecting India and her people. People across the board of political affiliation shall be the victims of the process of economic and social dysfunction.
In the circumstances that have
appeared before the
nation, it is the Left and the Left alone that can organise in a
platform, all the ‘non-Congress secular’ forces in the country based on
common minimum programme. The struggle
towards this target must be kept up relentlessly. The unity of the Left
must be continued with and further improved in every sense. One of the primary tasks before the
There may well be attempts made
in the days to come to
create limitless opposition against the ongoing and continuous attempt
Left Front government to implement pro-people programmes.
At the same time, the
The CPI(M) workers, sympathisers
and the mass of the
people must initiate attempts step-by-step to build up a most massive
of the people to defend the democratic situation in
Political mass contact must be made in a deeper and wider manner. The relentless flood of misinformation, lies, and slandering against the CPI(M) and the Left, in the corporate media must be nailed. There should be no attempts to either create aggravation or fall into the trap of provocation. There is need now more than ever, for patience, toleration, control, and intelligence.
The people must be reposed trust in and the trust of the people in the CPI(M) must be further enhanced. The task of deepening mass contact must be augmented through appropriate reorganisation of the ongoing tasks. Specific measures must be taken to up to increase the believability, trustworthiness, acceptance, and credibility of the CPI(M) amongst the mass of the people.