Staff Reporter

Hails special guidelines on organisational polls issued by central leadership

Says guidelines were drawn up through collective discussions

Claims party has succeeded in broadening its support base

KOTTAYAM: The special guidelines issued by the Central leadership in connection with the conduct of the organisational elections in the State unit of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has produced good results in containing factionalism in the party, party State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Wednesday.

Inaugurating a public meeting organised to start the arrangements for the State conference of the party to be held here in February, Mr. Vijayan said these guidelines were drawn up through collective discussions and strict adherence to them would help to root out factionalism which had tormented the party like cancer, he said.

A change in mood among people in favour of the CPI(M) was not a passing phenomenon, but a permanent one, Mr. Vijayan said.

The United Democratic Front and other forces opposed to the Left were fully aware of the changed socio-political milieu. Efforts were on to weaken the CPI(M), as it would help to weaken the Left in the State, he said.

The CPI(M) had a history of successfully fighting aberrations in the party’s functioning, whether right or left deviations or hobnobbing with communalism, Mr. Vijayan said.

The organisation would successfully overcome factionalism too, he said.

The party had succeeded in broadening its support base, as was seen in the results of the previous Lok Sabha, panchayati raj and Assembly elections and the byelections which followed, he added.

Today, the membership of the party had gone up to 3.37 lakh and affiliated mass organisations to 20 lakh, he said.

The organisational elections had commenced with the elections at the branch and local committee levels almost completed.

Left Democratic Front convener Vaikom Viswan; party district secretary K.J. Thomas, K. Suresh Kurup MP, V.R. Bhaskaran and V.N. Vasavan, MLA, spoke.

The meeting elected a 5,001-member reception committee and decided to hold a series of programmes during the first week of February during the run-up to the conference.