“It will decide party's stand on various political issues”

The crises in Jammu & Kashmir and the North Eastern States, corruption in the government and the various steps that are being taken by the UPA-II Government that will adversely affect the lives of the poor and the middle class will be some of the important subjects on the agenda of the extended Central Committee meeting of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the city from August 7 to 10.

CPI (M) State secretary and Polit Bureau member B.V. Raghavulu, addressing a press conference here on Monday, said that the party's national conference was due in 2011 January – February, but it had been postponed because the states in which the party was in power would be going to elections in September the same year.

In the meanwhile, the extended Central Committee of the party was being convened to decide its stand on various political issues.

The country was going through a very crucial political phase and there was need for the party to take decisions, he said.

As many as 365 delegates would come from all over the country to attend the meeting.

The extended Central Committee would be inaugurated with a meeting open to the public on the morning of August 7. Party general secretary Prakash Karat would be the main speaker.

Folk arts

In an effort to counter the “imperialist homogenisation of culture” thorough various means, the party was promoting the vanishing folk art forms of Krishna district.

A survey was conducted to identify the folk art forms that were facing the threat of being lost.

These art forms would be performed for the benefit of public at Gymkhana grounds at a special cultural programme on August 5 and 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to State executive committee member Ch. Babu Rao.

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