New Delhi: The Communist Party of India, or CPI, on Tuesday admitted that the withdrawal of support by the Left parties from the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, or UPA, last year was not only badly timed, but was also based on a non-people’s issue.
”While withdrawal of support was imminent and inevitable, it should have happened earlier and not just a few months before elections...Support should have been withdrawn over some people’s issue,” said CPI general secretary A B Bardhan, speaking to the media after the conclusion of his party’s four-day national council meet that began on Friday.
The party has attributed the reverses suffered by the Left in the 2009 Lok Sabha election to largely two reasons - erosion of existing bases and poor functioning of the Left front in both Kerara and West Bengal. ”The front was not functioning as a collective front...there was unilateralism.
The government’s approach to people was not communist,” said Bardhan. On being asked which
Left party was taking unilateral decisions, Bardhan said: ”Whoever is the largest party (referring to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM).”
The CPI leadership has decided to draw “lessons” from this election and hope to have a relationship of ’equality and collective decision making” with the CPM in future.