Karat said the party has a distinctive style of functioning based on the organisational principles of democratic centralism, but different views can be expressed.
The CPI(M) adopted a draft political resolution at a meeting of the party’s Central Committee on January 21 in Kolkata. However, there was a debate between party’s general secretary Sitaram Yechury and senior leader Prakash Karat. As per The Indian Express, Karat has said that there was no factionalism or a clash between him and Yechury and accused media of making motivated and distorted conclusions. Karat accused media of depicting the party’s leadership in poor light on the issue of Central Committee taking up two draft resolutions.
The Politburo draft was presented by Karat and the minority draft was presented by Yechury. According to Indian Express report, Karat targeted media in Kerala and West Bengal party’s journal called People’s Democracy, for portraying that the draft resolution was presented by two factions. He said that media even called it a clash between the current general secretary and the former general secretary. “Such a depiction is baseless and wrong as discussions on differing political views and approaches within the framework of inner-party democracy are reduced to personality clashes and so-called personal differences,” said Karat quoting the report.
Karat said the party has a distinctive style of functioning based on the organisational principles of democratic centralism, but different views can be expressed. “After a free and frank discussion, the committee arrives at a decision. If necessary, a vote is taken to decide and the majority view becomes the collective decision of the committee,” said Karat.
Yechury had said earlier that draft political resolution adopted after incorporating some amendments states that there should be no electoral alliance or understanding with the Congress. The draft resolution, which was adopted after a vote on the concluding day of the party’s three-day Central Committee meet in Kolkata, would be released for discussion within the CPI(M) before its congress scheduled to be held in Hyderabad in April.