It was unrealistic to talk of a third front at the national level at this time, said MA Baby, a member of the CPIM politburo. The 23rd CPI (M) Congress will be held in Kannur district of Kerala from April 6 to 10. The Party Congress, which is held every three years, discusses the political line of the party as well as its organizational strengths and weaknesses.
What needs to be done to strengthen the party in different parts of the country will also be discussed, and the focus will be on what position the CPIM will take before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Baby said, “At this time the search for a third option at the national level is untimely and unrealistic. The only primary political task is to defeat the BJP. In each state, we will create appropriate electoral strategic lines based on the overall political strategic line. What is appropriate in each state, what is practical, is the more realistic approach. ”
Another senior CPI (M) leader said the focus should be on issues such as how federalism is being influenced rather than uniting as a third front.
The party has lowered the maximum age from 60 to 65 to become a member of the Central Committee. This has been done to bring in more youth. Since Sitaram Yechury is in his second term, in all likelihood he will be elected the next general secretary.
In the present Politburo, S Ramachandran Pillai, Biman Bose, Hanna Mollah and Pinarayi Vijayan are over 75 years old members. Vijayan will be given age exemption. The new central committee is also likely to have a higher presence of women.
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