Even as the State Council of the Communist Party of India slammed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for imposing its “catastrophic economic policies” on the people, it alleged at its recent meeting that the Bharatiya Janata Party “is cunningly trying to come to power at the Centre by dividing the people on the basis of its communal agenda.”

Also coming down on the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for beneficiaries to receive government aid, the party’s State secretary Manju Kumar Majumdar questioned here on Tuesday the need for such cards to provide subsidised cooking gas cylinders to consumers.

He alleged that the UPA government was working toward withdrawing all sorts of subsidies in the future.

Mr. Majumdar was briefing reporters on the resolution passed at his party two-day State Council that ended here on November 10.

He criticised the State government for failing to curb the rise in prices of essential commodities.

Rally on January 17, 2014

As for the law and order situation in West Bengal the CPI State Council has decided to organise a rally in the city on January 17, 2014 in protest against the “current anarchy that prevails as well as the threat to undermine democracy in the State.”

The Paschim Banga Mahila Samity, the women’s wing of CPI in the State, would organise sit-in demonstrations in the city on December 10 in protest against the rising crimes against women in West Bengal.