The state committee of the CPI(M) will select its allies to oust the Trinamool Congress, the party’s politburo member and former secretary Prakash Karat said on Wednesday.
The line followed by the state leaders to have the Congress as allies was rejected by the central committee members in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Karat’s statement has given clean chit to the state committee leaders to select its electoral friend.
In that case the Siliguri model may be followed where in areas where Congress is strong, the party did not give any candidate and vice versa.
The senior party leaders attending the plenum were embarrassed when young Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee said that senior party leaders were behaving like bosses.
Though party leaders including the secretary Sitaram Yechury had said in the meeting held at Brigade Parade ground on December 27 that party was looking for young leaders but in practice the picture was just the opposite.
He said that the leaders did not consult the junior or seek their advice to resolve any issue. In movements also the young leaders are not highlighted.
Party insiders said that though Banerjee had pointed out the right thing, the old guards were not in a position to give up their power. This is the third plenum since the inception of the party five decades ago. All the founding members except VS Achudanandan are dead. The second generation leaders including Biman Bose and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee are septuagenarian and are vering retirement.