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Questions Of Real “Inner-Party” Democracy Grip CPI(M) Party Congress

Whatever happens will have significant ramifications, not just for CPI(M) but also for the Indian republic.

Senior CPI(M) party officials speaking on the condition of anonymity have told NewsCentral24x7 that the party is in the midst of a historic and turmoil-filled ‘churning’ which will determine the course of the party for a long time to come. Here are the details:

1.) The Central Committee of the CPI(M) which met at Hyderabad on the eve of the party congress agreed to allow general secretary Sitaram Yechury to present the ‘minority-view’ before the delegates.

2) When some members of the committee raised the matter of allowing a secret ballot for adopting political resolutions- this was firmly rejected by the majority. The reason offered was simply that this would give an impression that party members are afraid of speaking their mind openly and participating in voting by a show of hands and that this would not be ideal.

3) Matters, however, aren’t this simple. Sources tell us that the entire process of delegate selection so far has itself been a sham and has been stage-managed.

4) The majority also says that the party constitution does not allow for secret voting. Others claim that there isn’t any expressed prohibition. The constitution only states that the party congress shall discuss and decide the Political Tactical Line presented by the Central Committee. When such a PTL is unanimous, there is no question or need for a secret ballot. In the midst of divergent views (at least 1/3rd of the Central Committee members disagree with the view of the Karat Camp), secret voting needs to be allowed to preserve internal party democracy.

Will it be preserved? Whatever happens will have significant ramifications, not just for CPI(M) but also for the Indian republic.

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