<<2.1 The nearly four years of the Modi Government has led to the onset of a right-wing authoritarian-communal regime. This regime is characterised by an intensified pursuit of neo-liberal policies, resulting in all round attacks on the working people; the concerted effort to implement the RSS’s Hindutva agenda which threatens the secular democratic framework of the State, accompanied by attacks on the minorities and dalits; a reinforcement of the strategic alliance with the United States and playing the role of a subordinate ally; and building the architecture of authoritarianism by curbing parliamentary democracy, subverting constitutional institutions and democratic rights. ... 2.82 The BJP, as the Party Programme points out, is “a reactionary party with a divisive and communal platform, the reactionary content of which is based on hatred against other religions, intolerance and ultra-nationalist chauvinism. The BJP is no ordinary bourgeois party as the fascistic Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh guides and dominates it. When the BJP is in power, the RSS gets access to the instruments of State power and the State machinery.” The BJP is run and controlled by the fascistic RSS. ... 2.86 The Congress party has the same class character as that of the BJP. It represents the interests of the big bourgeois-landlord classes. Its political influence and organisation has been declining and it has conceded the space as the premier ruling class party to the BJP. The Congress professes to be secular but it has proved to be incapable of consistently fighting the communal forces. The Congress had pioneered the neo-liberal agenda and forged the strategic alliance with the United States when it was in power. As the main opposition party, it continues to advocate these policies. It is necessary to oppose these policies. ... 2.88 The political representatives of the big bourgeoisie at present in our country are the BJP and the Congress. Based on our programmatic understanding, the Congress represents the interests of the big bourgeoisie and landlords and adopts pro-imperialist policies. Therefore, we cannot have a tactical line which treats them as allies or partners in a united front. 2.89 But it is the BJP which is in power today and given its basic link to the RSS, it is the main threat. So, there cannot be a line of treating both the BJP and the Congress as equal dangers. 2.90 Our tactical approach should be to cooperate with the Congress and other secular opposition parties in parliament on agreed issues. Outside parliament, we should cooperate with all secular opposition forces for a broad mobilisation of people against the communal threat. We should foster joint actions of class and mass organisations, in such a manner that can draw in the masses following the Congress and other bourgeois parties. ... 2.91 The changed role of regional parties has been analysed and summed up in the review of the Political-Tactical line adopted by the 21st Congress. The regional parties represent the interests of the bourgeois-landlord classes whose class interests have been reflected in the attitude to the neo-liberal policies of the regional parties. We had also noted the opportunism which emanates from the desire to grab the opportunities provided by allying with the BJP or the Congress to be part of coalition governments at the Centre. ... 2.94 The role and politics of specific regional parties in a state must be taken into account while working out our tactical approach to them. Such an approach must keep in mind advancing the Party’s interest and for rallying the Left and democratic forces. However, there is no scope for a national level alliance with the regional parties. ... 2.115(i) Given the experience of the nearly four years rule of the Modi Government it is imperative to defeat the BJP government in order to isolate the Hindutva communal forces and reverse the antipeople economic policies. (ii) Thus, ***the main task is to defeat the BJP and its allies by rallying all the secular and democratic forces. However, this has to be done without having an understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress party.*** [Emphasis added by Sukla.] ... (viii) Appropriate electoral tactics to maximize the pooling of the anti-BJP votes should be adopted based on the above political line of the Party.
(Excerpted from: 'Draft Political Resolution for 22nd Congress: (Adopted at the Central Committee Meeting held on January 19-21, 2018 at Kolkata)' at < https://cpim.org/sites/default/files/documents/22-cong-draft-pol-res.pdf>. One can't be too sure that the 22nd Congress of the Party would adopt it as it is. But that's the most likely scenario, as far as an outside observer can make out. Mercifully, there is (still) no word, at least no explicit word, on the post-poll scenario. So, one could, right at the moment, keep one's fingers crossed. Conversely, one could as well argue that the position to be adopted post-poll logically flows from the (pre-poll) formulation: "(No) understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress party." Let's wait and watch. One may, however, find the following of some interest. <<The CPM’s assessment came in for criticism from D Raja, senior leader of Left Front partner CPI. Calling the CPI(M)’s political-tactical line “self-contradictory”, Raja told The Indian Express, “On one side, they say the main task is to defeat BJP and its allies by rallying all secular and democratic forces, and then they say this has to be done without any alliance with the Congress…. This is self-contradictory.” The draft says the “main task is to defeat the BJP and its allies by rallying all secular and democratic forces” but adds, “however, this has to be done without having an understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress party.” At another place, the draft says, “appropriate electoral tactics to maximize the pooling of anti-BJP votes should be adopted based on the political line of the Party.” The Congress, it says, represents interests of the big bourgeoisie and landlords, and adopts pro-imperialist policies. “Therefore, we cannot have a tactical line which treats them as allies or partners in a united front.” At the same time, it says, “But it is the BJP which is in power today, and given its basic link to the RSS, it is the main threat. So there cannot be a line of treating both the BJP and the Congress as equal dangers.” The draft resolution says: “Our tactical approach should be to cooperate with the Congress and other secular opposition parties in Parliament on agreed issues. Outside Parliament, we should cooperate with all secular opposition forces for a broad mobilisation of people against the communal threat. We should foster joint actions of class and mass organisations, in such a manner that can draw in the masses following the Congress and other bourgeois parties.” Raja, a Rajya Sabha member, asked, “How do you define maximising the pooling of anti-BJP votes? Congress, after all, is a pan-Indian secular party. How can they say that they want to defeat the BJP but not have any understanding with the largest opposition party Congress?”>> (Excerpted from: 'CPM draft: BJP main threat, but no tie-up with Congress: The draft says the “main task is to defeat the BJP and its allies by rallying all secular and democratic forces” but adds, “however, this has to be done without having an understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress party.”' at < http://indianexpress.com/article/india/cpm-sitaram-yechury-prakash-karat-draft-bjp-main-threat-but-no-tie-up-with-congress-5062999/ >.) Incidentally, the CPI is the most major partner of the CPI(M) not only in the existing 'Left Front' but also, conceivably, in the context of its concluding call: <<Forge a strong Left and democratic front to create a Left and democratic alternative! >> -- Peace Is Doable -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Green Youth Movement" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to greenyouth+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/greenyouth. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.