With a delegate’s congress now planned for the first quarter of next year, PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo says that any decision to depart from the party’s founding Marxist-Leninist ideology will be a decision for members of that body.
“That is a question for Congress. The General Secretary of a party doesn’t/cannot alter the constitution of a party on his own. It is a question for congress,” Jagdeo said when asked yesterday if plans are on stream for the removal of Marxism-Leninism from the party’s constitution.
“I have my positions and I am not going to, in the public domain, explore this. I will explore it at the appropriate levels of the party. We have consistently been a working class party. We are not wedded to ‘isms’. We want to make sure all of our people make progress, in this country. We want to work for poor people and get into the middle class of society. So any ‘ism’ whatsoever is inconsistent with that, it cannot continue to be the prevailing philosophy of our party,” he added at a press conference at Freedom House.