Stressing on the need to strengthen its organisational might to counter communal forces, the CPI-M on Monday kept alive the speculations of a possible truck with the Congress for the 2016 West Bengal assembly elections.
Addressing media persons on the second day of the organisational plenum here, Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the party, in a big way, will take up the issues of economic exploitation and social oppression to reach out to the masses to thwart the Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh’s designs of projecting a "rabidly intolerant fascistic Hindu nation".
While there have been speculations of a probable alliance with the Congress for the Bengal polls, Yechury asserted the party will do whatever it needs to dismantle the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in the state.
"The motive is to remove the Trinamool Congress to save Bengal. It is one of our prime objective, the other being removal of the Narendra Modi government to save the country. So, whatever steps we need to take, we will discuss about it," replied Yechury to media posers on the possibility of going with the Congress.
The Marxist leader said the primary focus of the plenum was aimed at strengthening the organisational structure and the party will discuss and decide about its course of action for the assembly polls in January.
While some state leaders have advocated an electoral alliance with the Congress, Yechury asserted the CPI-M state committee was not autonomous and any decision in this regard will be taken only after a consensus within the politburo.
Incidentally, Kerala Congress chief V.M. Sudheeran during the day asked the Marxists to stop its blind opposition of the Congress and help strengthen secular forces against BJP’s Hindutva agenda.
Sudheeran in Thiruvananthapuram said the ongoing CPI-M party plenum at Kolkata would not result in anything positive unless the communists responded to "the need of the hour" and decide to stop opposing the Congress blindly.