Kozhikode (Kerala): In order to introspect the electoral debacle in West Bengal and Kerala in last year’s assembly polls, the CPI-M 20th party Congress is beginning here on Wednesday. Interestingly, during the 2011 assembly polls, the CPI (M) suffered major drubbing in its fiefdom WB and Kerala. 

The CPI (M) performed its worst ever show in WB winning just 41 seats, down from 176 it had won in 2006. Several veteran CPM leaders including former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee bit the dust in the assembly polls.       

The 734 delegates, 70 observers and 11 senior partymen gathering here for the six-day event will have to introspect on its reverses and ways to overcome them, especially in West Bengal where Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress made history, breaking CPI-M's 34-year old hegemony.
After its narrow miss in Kerala in last year's assembly polls, the party is now only left with a state government in Tripura. The growth of the party in other states in the country is also minimal.
According to CPI-M sources, the Congress is also to deliberate on the draft of the ideological resolution which closely examines the political and economic developments all over the world since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The party has set as its prime agenda the fight against neo-liberal economic policies detrimental to the interests of the nation."Imperialist offensive has sharply intensified in all spheres threatening the party's strategic objective of human emancipation and liberation," the draft resolution says.
The fight against growth of communal forces disrupting the unity of people in the country by dividing them on communal lines is also high on the party's agenda, sources said. "There will be threadbare discussions on CPI-M's ideological line in the party congress. The party's organisational work since the last Congress in Coimbatore in 2008, will also be reviewed," party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said.