The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) began a two-day State level conference here on Friday to strengthen party organisations, particularly by focussing on members who have become unethical.

CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and Polit Bureau member and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar will explain the details of the “rectification plan” to strengthen party units at all levels, a CPI(M) spokesman said.

Over 250 front and middle ranking party leaders and members will take part in the two-day brainstorming sessions.

The spokesman said the gathering would discuss “unethical and dishonest acts, a self-centric mentality and craving for sensual pleasures” of a section of party members.

“The CPI(M) would launch a massive campaign against the misdeeds of party men and increase the political consciousness of party members and improve relations between party activists and people,” central committee member Bijon Dhar told IANS.

After the shocking defeat of the CPI(M) in last year’s April-May Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal and Kerala, its central committee adopted a document to initiate a rectification campaign in the party.

“The process of the rectification campaign at the political, ideological and organisational level is to remove the wrong trends and shortcomings so that the party emerges more unified and strengthened,” says the document.

It updates the party’s 1996 rectification campaign report and is based on the experience of the party in the past 14 years.

“The ongoing process of rectification is likely to be discussed in the three-day central committee meeting, scheduled to be held in Kolkata from Feb 4,” Mr. Dhar added.

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