04 December, 2020

'Top Leaders Must Be More Pragmatic'

A disastrous poll just over, Bengal's comrades are livid with Karat's gung-ho withdrawal

'Top Leaders Must Be More Pragmatic'
CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat's stock is trading at very low levels among Bengal comrades these days. In fact, the decision to pull the plug on the UPA government has stirred off the first rumblings of discontent in the state unit. The criticism stems from a latent fear of facing the electorate (inevitable if the UPA loses the trust vote on July 22) at a time when the party is still reeling from the reverses in the recent panchayat/municipal polls.

Add to this the severe discomfiture of the Bengali Marxist at the prospect of being seen as colluding with the 'communal' BJP. Several state leaders have already obliquely criticised Karat and the ideologues at AKG Bhavan. As a senior CPI(M) MP lamented, "Karat and the others decide the party line in Delhi but they know nothing of realpolitik. They have never even contested a municipal poll. If early elections are forced on us, our tally will go down sharply. Then where will we have the numbers to influence national politics? The top leadership should be more pragmatic."



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