11 May, 2021

Neti, Neti...

The state unit prefers Yechury to Karat

Jitender Gupta
Neti, Neti...

The underlying tension between the CPI(M)’s central committee and its Bengal unit had come to the fore when the results of the 2009 parliamentary elections were announced. Each blamed the other for the party’s poor performance. Now it is emerging that of the two top central committee leaders—Sitaram Yechury and general secretary Prakash Karat—it is the latter the state CPI(M) dislikes more.

“Karat is a hardliner who made a number of wrong decisions and thrust it down the throat of the party,” a state leader told Outlook. “He engineered the Third Front concept which proved so detrimental to us in the election. He withdrew support to the first UPA government, paving the way for a Congress-Trinamool alliance. He had veteran Bengal leader Somnath Chatterjee expelled, and only because he wanted to discharge his duties as Speaker of the Lok Sabha. And then he had the gall to put the blame on the West Bengal unit for the drubbing that we got.”

Pointing out that “Yechury is a...

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