Over the weekend, both the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the CPI will hold party meetings to take stock of the political situation in the country over the last three months.
The two-day meeting of the CPI(M) Polit Bureau begins here on Saturday in the backdrop of the ongoing crisis in Andhra Pradesh following the decision of the Manmohan Singh government to initiate the process of separate Telangana.
The CPI(M) is opposed to the division of the State and conveyed its stand at an all-party meeting held in Hyderabad on the issue earlier this month. The CPI supports the move for Telangana and the party National Executive and Council are scheduled to meet in Bangalore between December 26 and 28.
Party general secretary Prakash Karat told The Hindu that besides discussing the repercussion of the decision on Telangana, the Polit Bureau was expected to deliberate on the reports of the Liberhan Commission, the Ranganath Misra Commission, the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the United States last month and organisational matters.
Mr. Karat said that after the government announced its decision on Telangana, demands for creation of smaller States had been raised in different parts of the country. For instance, voices for a four-way break-up of Assam would mean that the State would cease to exist and that such an exercise could not be accepted.
On Copenhagen, the Polit Bureau could hear from its member and MP Sitaram Yechury, who was among the five-member Parliamentary delegation that attended the Summit. In his editorial in the latest edition of party organ People’s Democracy, Mr. Yechury accused the developed countries of jettisoning the Kyoto protocol.
“Thus, what emerges from Copenhagen is an undisguised effort by the developed world to negate the very understanding of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and to jettison their commitments and responsibilities as contained in the Kyoto protocol and the Bali plan of action. While the ongoing negotiations will continue, the course of the coming year leading to COP 16 in Mexico will establish if the world is able to arrive at a consensus on tackling climate change and limiting the rise in global temperatures to below 2 degrees, and to ensure that the developed countries part with their due share and obligations,” he had said in the editorial.
Meanwhile, CPI national secretary D. Raja said its National Executive would meet on Saturday and the Council for two-days starting on Sunday. Besides reviewing the economic and political performance of the UPA government, the meetings would discuss organisational issues.