Former convenor of the CPI(M) research cell, Prasenjit Bose had resigned from his party on the issue of support to the candidature of Pranab Mukherjee for the post of president. He has issued an appeal to the CPI(M) politbureau reacting to the Trinamul Congress' extension of support to Mukherjee's candidature that was announced recently. The statement is carried below.
AN APPEAL TO THE CPI (M) POLIT BUREAU
You must have learnt by now that the Trinamul Congress chief has announced her party’s support to Mr. Pranab Mukherjee in the Presidential elections today in Kolkata. Given the fact that the Trinamul Congress is a partner of the UPA coalition, this is not altogether unexpected. The stated objective of the support extended to the Congress nominee by the CPI (M), in terms of utilizing the “conflicts and fissures” between the Congress and the Trinamul Congress, has clearly not worked.
Since the meeting of the CPI (M) Central Committee is scheduled only after the Presidential elections, it is for the Polit Bureau to intervene in the situation. The discredited neoliberal Congress led government at the Centre now stands to gain by getting both the CPI (M) and the Trinamul Congress to support its Presidential nominee. This makes the position adopted by the CPI (M) so far, quite untenable.
This is to appeal to the CPI (M) Polit Bureau to reverse its decision to extend support to Mr. Mukherjee on an immediate basis and unite with other Left Parties to abstain in the Presidential elections.
Ex-Member of CPI (M)
17th July 2012, 6.00 p.m.