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CPI(M) central committee meet begins to finalise political

CPI(M) central committee meet begins to finalise political

But as per the party diktat, none of them, other than Chatterjee because he is no longer a part of the CPI (M), will corroborate that there is a division within the party on the question of reviving alliances with the Congress.

The powerful Kerala lobby, which also has the largest number of members in the politburo and the central committees, has backed Karat against Yechury's liberal line.

If the CC takes into account the outcome of the debates on the matter at the ongoing Central Committee meeting in Kolkata, it is expected that the stance of the Karat faction against having any direct or indirect truck with the Congress could get the approval.

One of the first critics of the CPM Central Committee decision on draft political resolution for the Hyderabad party Congress was Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos of the Malankara Orthodox Church.

The Indian Express quoted unidentified CPI (M) leaders as saying that the "real battle" would be fought there, and the general secretary, along with the West Bengal unit, will push to defeat the proposal of the Prakash Karat faction.

"This split between the West Bengal and Kerala perspectives has been there in the party for some time".

"The draft political resolution adopted after incorporating some amendments, states that there is no electoral alliance or understanding with the Congress", Yechury told NDTV.

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Earlier, SP President Akhilesh Yadav, who had contested the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in alliance with the Congress previous year, had talked of a solo venture for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The Central Committee has said the main objective of the party is to "defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party" and it will focus on "mobilising all secular democratic forces" for that goal.

A senior CPI (M) leader said despite internal differences, everybody in the party agreed that the BJP-RSS is the "biggest threat for the country at present".

"As per the adopted draft political resolution, there will be no understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress".

However, CPM Politburo member and member of Parliament Mohammed Salim disapproved of any rift between the state units and suggested the Bengal unit is not keen on a tie-up with Congress. The Karat and Yechury groups have been slogging it out in various party fora on the need for getting closer to the Congress.

"If the central committee fails to arrive at a consensus, voting may take place", he said.

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