Trust vote: CPM Central Committee meets tomorrow

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New Delhi, Jul 18 (UNI) The top leadership of the CPI(M), which has aligned with BSP, TDP and other parties to vote out the Manmohan Singh government during the trust vote on July 22, will meet tomorrow to decide how to make it impossible for the Congress-led coalition to carry forward the Nuclear deal.

The CPM Central Committee two-day meet beginning here tomorrow will analyse the party stand on withdrawal of support to the 50-month-old Congress-led coalition, its discussions on the issue with the other political parties and the emerging political scenario.

The meeting assumes significance as it is taking place at a time when party patriarch Jyoti Basu has reportedly asked party General Secretary Prakash Karat not to go out of the way to topple the government. It is also facing controversy arising out of the party submitting a list of its MPs to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil which reportedly includes the name of Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, who is understood to have told Mr Karat about his unwillingness to quit and vote along with the BJP.

Senior CPM leader Mohammed Salim told UNI that the Central Committee will discuss the developments taking place on the political front since its last meeting three months back.''It will obviously review the emerging situation and the party approach towards it''.

Another senior party leader Rupchand Pal said the party would also discuss its leaders' parleys with other political parties, their response and the likely scenario after the confidence vote on the floor of the House.

On the controversy over Mr Somnath Chatterjee's reported refusal to follow the party line and his keenness to keep the post of Speaker above politics, Mr Pal remarked that nobody is imposing anything on Mr Chatterjee.

However, Mr Karat has said that by holding the post of the Speaker, a person does not cease to have political affiliations. But when someone becomes a Speaker he/she should not indulge in party activities or adopt partisan political position. ''We don't follow the British precedent in India. After someone ceases to be a Speaker they resume political activities. We have a former Speaker as Home Minister and another former Speaker is leader of one of the opposition groups in the Lok Sabha. So all the talk of Speaker sans party and politics is hypocritical'', Mr Karat said yesterday.

The 78-member Central Committee meet being held at party headquarter AK Gopalan Bhavan will also make an assessment on the vote of confidence. They will also discuss both the scenarios-- the fall of the government and its survival.

It is also expected to discuss the case of how the party would go if elections become imminent. The CPI(M) will also discuss about the detailed planning on the nationwide campaign against the government's obsession with the nuclear deal, its failure to contain inflation, crisis in agriculture and mismangement of economy.


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