The issue facing Communist Party of India-Marxist in the wake of its worst electoral debacle is not that of leadership
change but drawing "correct lessons" from it, senior party leader Sitaram Yechury said on Sunday.
"No, that is not the issue. Let me put it very clearly, the issue in CPI-M is not an issue of any leadership change. The issue is to come to a proper understanding of why this defeat took place and draw the correct lessons. That is the issue," he told PTI in New Delhi.
Asked if accountability, including of the top leadership would be fixed, Yechury responded by stating that the Central Committee meeting in Delhi from June 19 to 21 would discuss all these issues concerned and then decisions will be taken.When specifically asked whether somebody would take responsibility for the defeat when the party talks of collective responsibility, he said "that we will discuss."
When pointed out that parties take shelter under collective responsibility so that heads did not roll and whether it applied to CPI-M also, Yechury said "I cannot pre-empt my Central Committee's discussions. That is the problem. You will have to wait till the CC discussions."
The Politburo member said there will be "very serious introspection" of the issue that led to the worst performance in West Bengal and Kerala since the party came into being in 1964 and the process has already begun. "All issues that are being raised will be reviewed. There will be nothing that will escape," the CPI-M leader said when asked whether he thought party general secretary Prakash Karat would have to quit against the backdrop of the reported feeling in West Bengal unit that he was obstinate on the issue of nuclear deal and withdrawal of support to the United Progressive Alliance government on the issue.
Yechury said that as a concept the Third Front was not doomed. "Yes, it does," he said when asked as a concept whether the Third Front has a future.
He said what was not credible and viable was the manner in which the Third Front was constituted before the Lok Sabha
He said the CPI-M believed that in the future also a non-Bharatiya Janata Party, non-Congress political alternative that can bring about a progressive shift in the country's policies, was required.
"It is not a cut-and-paste pre-electoral job. But it is something that will have to be forged through people's struggles. The CPM is conscious of it that it will take time. "But in the meanwhile when elections come, we will align with some secular parties, but that alternative cannot be confused with an electoral front."
Asked whether the CPI-M and Karat made a miscalculation in cobbling up a Third Front, he said the issue will be discussed in the Central Committee meeting and he won't be able to comment anything before that.