Opportunistic CPI (M)’s advances to Congress for an alliance for survival

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Politics, specially of parliamentary democratic variety, often spawn bizarre alliances, incompatible coalitions and binding together of strange bed-fellows. This happens mostly in the third world countries where politics is the passport to power and its loaves and fishes. India as still a third world country can not be an exception to this rule and , in fact , it has never been but the communists in India have perhaps made a world record in political opportunism and compromises with their so-called principled politics. Nothing illustrates this better than the desperation of CPI (M) for an alliance with Congress for the upcoming assembly polls in West Bengal where they are locked in an existential struggle. No great wisdom is required to realise that, left to itself, the CPI (M) will be reduced to a non-entity in West Bengal politics because of the surge of Trinamool. The comrades in Bengal as well as the political trapeze master Sitaram Yechudi, CPI (M)'s newly anointed general secretary, have been making discreet advances to the Congress over the past few years to forge an alliance before the next assembly polls in Bengal. Their intentions had been proclaimed loud and clear when in the run-up to the presidential election the CPI (M) had unilaterally extended support to the Congress nominee Pranab Mookherjee in 2012. The sole purpose then was to widen the rift between Congress and Trinamool. With the passage of time CPI (M) leadership realised that rapid changes in Bengal politics would make it virtually impossible for them to retrieve Bengal from the clutches of Trinamool and hence the desperation for the love-affair with Congress, the party reviled and betrayed by them on countless occasions.

This should never cause creased eyebrows because the history of CPI (M) is replete with instances of betrayal of other parties and even the nation. The undivided communist party of which the CPI (M) is an offshoot that originated after the slit of 1964 had back-stabbed the historic 'quit India' movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942 to free India from British imperialist rule. Marxist comrades had devised a rhetorical ideological position, asserting that after Hitler's invasion of erstwhile Soviet Russia during the second world war things had changed and second world war had turned into peoples war. What genuinely shocked many was the active collaboration extended to the British by the comrades to effectively backstab the national struggle for freedom. After the country had secured independence the comrades had launched their so-called 'armed struggle' in 1948 in Andhra Pradesh, parts of Bengal and hills of Tripura like any banned militant organisation by resorting to murder,mayhem and all kinds of crimes. Naturally the party had been banned and it was only Nehru's bounty that led to the lifting of the ban in 1952. And after biting the dust the communist party like the proverbial wolf in sheep's skin started participating in elections. It was this communist party that had conferred legitimacy to communal parties in post-independence India by forging an opportunistic alliance with the Muslim League in Kerala in 1957 with ideological justification given by late EMS Namboodiripad.

But the communist perfidy against national interest continued unabated as the party indirectly sided with China that had invaded India in 1962 and continue to illegally occupy more than 25 thousand square kms of Indian land. Even though long 44 years have passed since the war of 1962, the comrades as yet pretend not to know what invaded whom and who is in illegal possession of Indian land. But the show of CPI (M) perfidy and opportunism was enacted in a most brazen manner in West Bengal since the late sixties when the chief minister of united front government in Bengal, Ajay Mookherjee had been forced to launch a fast to protest the treacherous activities of CPI (M) from within the government. Having captured power in West Bengal in 1978, taking advantage of the confusion in national politics following the debacle suffered by Congress in 1977 the comrades in Bengal started doing what they are best at : spilling blood to neutralise political opposition. Bengal was destroyed in all possible manner by the CPI (M) through its mischievous politics. But the day of reckoning came in 2011 as the comrades could not even rig the assembly polls as they had always done and lost to Trinamool-Congress combine. Before that the comrades had wiped out more than fifty thousand Congress workers and supporters through their branded politics of murder and mayhem. In the year 2008 the CPI (M) had betrayed Congress at the central level by withdrawing support needlessly on the flimsy ground of nuclear deal with the USA. India has lost nothing because of the deal but the comrades since then started heavily losing  ground everywhere.

In Tripura also the CPI (M) had similarly captured power in 1978, taking advantage of the confusion in national politics and barring a five year interregnum five years between 1988-1993 they have continued in power. More than ten thousand Congress workers and supporters have been murdered by the CPI (M) over the past thirty three years of their rule besides all other kinds of mischief and anti-people activities and gross victimisation of Congress rank and file. The death toll excludes those killed in the two successive riots of 1979 and 1980. But this continues even today as killing Congressmen for pleasure after every election has been a traditional feature of CPI (M) politics in Tripura.

Given this, the proposed alliance with CPI (M) may help a few factional leaders of West Bengal Congress to maintain their fief but it will be disastrous for Congress as a party because the party's rank and file ,reeling under the politics of murder, deprivation and misrule, will simply desert the party to join BJP or Trinamool en masse. The writing is loud and clear on the wall and , hopefully, central Congress leaders will realise the consequences of having any truck with CPI (M) in the upcoming Bengal elections.

(by Tapas Dey)