In an interview with Karan Thapar for The Wire, Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), criticises demonetisation and argues that it failed to achieve all the objectives that were promised by the government.
The CPI(M)’s unclear stance on joining the protest reflects a divide within the organisation on whether to align with other parties.
Comments range from seeing it as an attack on media freedom to an attempt to keep information hidden from the public.
The upheaval the CPI(M) is going through in West Bengal can be attributed to a split in the central and state party lines. Unless resolved, this could lead to further outbursts from party members.
Yechury made the comment two days after the Left party skipped RJD’s ‘BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao’ rally in Patna, attended by several key opposition leaders.
The platform for unity was called the ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ (save our composite culture) meeting and was hosted by JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who appeared to emerge as a rallying point for the Opposition.
Now that he is no longer in parliament, Yechury should devote himself to sort out the deep organisational problems within the party.
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The CPI(M)’s central committee, the party’s apex decision-making body, is currently discussing if it should elect Sitaram Yechury for a third Rajya Sabha term.
Yechury said that the non-NDA parties will take the decision “keeping in mind the country’s history that the ruling and opposition parties contested the polls on all occasion except once”.
No candidate’s names have been announced so far by the ruling party or the opposition.
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After allowing indiscipline among its senior cadre due to electoral necessities, the CPI(M) in Bengal is losing its reputation of integrity.
Pinarayi Vijayan also said his party was facing “false propaganda and threats” across the country because the RSS had “realised” that CPI(M) hinders the RSS’s agenda of “leading the country into fascism”.
“This is typical of the RSS methodology of seeking to browbeat and intimidate the opposition. Such tactics will not be allowed to succeed,” the CPI(M) said in a statement.
Yechury is the most visible face of the Left and his lucidity is needed inside parliament.
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There have been multiple complaints of comments made in the Rajya Sabha being edited out of the official records.
The opposition has submitted 651 amendments to the president’s address to the joint session of parliament – many of them contesting demonetisation.
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While the Congress wants parliament debate to be conducted under ‘Rule 56’, the BJP prefers it happens under ‘Rule 193’, the latter of which is invoked only for “small discussions”.
Nitish Kumar said the move would be beneficial in the long run, but others like Mamata Banerjee, Sitaram Yechury and Thomas Isaac were critical of it.
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Instead of focussing on people’s issues and movements outside the parliamentary arena, the CPI(M) leadership has continued to preoccupy itself with a sterile debate over an electoral alliance with the Congress in Bengal.