New Delhi: Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, has come under sharp criticism from within over the party’s worst poll performance ever, party leaders said. At least four CPM leaders said Karat was criticized at the Monday’s politburo meeting for tying up with parties such as the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu and the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh despite opposition from respective state units of the CPM. The leaders spoke on condition of anonymity.
In a politburo statement issued on Tuesday, the CPM admitted: “…these alliances forged in some states on the eve of the elections were not seen by the people as a credible and viable alternative at the national level.”
One of the party leaders, who was unhappy with the CPM’s decision to withdraw support for the Congress-led government, reportedly said the move had upset voters. He also said the people were unhappy with the CPM’s “cut-and-paste” alliances.