Communist Party of India-Marxist Politburo member Sitaram Yechury has said that the process of introspection on Left Front's drubbing in West Bengal will conclude with the Party Congress at the end of the year. He did not deny the possibility, when asked in an exclusive interview to Karan Thapar, if the Party Congress could take up the issue of a change in leadership
Karan Thapar: Quite possible as the consequence of the exercise as of investigating what went wrong. The central committee may decide that this leadership may step aside.
Sitaram Yechury: I cannot say anything now. And nobody can say anything now. I mean it all depends on how this introspection and self regulation assessment takes place collectively.
Karan Thapar: Absolutely. In other words you are saying it is possible but at some point the present leadership maybe asked by the central committee to step aside?
Sitaram Yechury: No, don't put those words into my mouth. What I'm saying is, this exercise is underway and let us see where it reaches.
Karan Thapar: How long will it take to central committee to carry out this exercise?
Sitaram Yechury: Well in June it will take up and by the end of the year we will have a Party Congress which is due and that will be the place where.
Karan Thapar: The Party Congress which is already a year late will happen at the end of this year?
Sitaram Yechury: We haven't decided the schedule but likely by the end of this year or beginning next year.
Karan Thapar: And usually it is at the Party Congress that the changes in leadership that happen.
Sitaram Yechury: Normally, yes.
Karan Thapar: So, it is possible if the central committee feels that to take the logical process of investigation of what went wrong and to correct the mistakes, you need a new leadership that could happen at the party congress at the end of this year.
Sitaram Yechury: Yes, but all this depends on central committee's deliberations and discussions.
Karan Thapar: Absolutely, but what is very important is you have indicated that depending upon central committee's deliberations, there are question marks over the top leadership and those question marks could grow and lead to the top leadership possibly asked to step aside or they could be resolve. Both are possible.
Sitaram Yechury: Yes, both are possible and I think given by our record they will be resolved.