: The CPI(Maoist) and the CPI(ML) Naxalbari have merged and the new party will be known as CPI (Maoist).

In a joint statement here on Wednesday, general secretary of CPI(Maoist) Ganapathy, secretary of CPI(M) Naxalbari Ajith said the unified party would take Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as its guiding ideology.

Objective

The statement said that they were announcing the merger of these two parties ‘‘on the occasion of the international day of the world proletariat, the glorious May Day, with great sense of responsibility and firm conviction to strengthen the vanguard of Indian proletariat, which is a contingent of the world proletariat.’’

It said that the Maoist movement came through the great Naxalbari uprising of 1967.

Leaders

Inspired and led by Charu Mazumdar and Kanhai Chatterjee, founder leaders of these two parties, thousands of leaders and cadres laid down their lives to advance the revolutionary movement.

But after the setback of early 1970s and the martyrdom of Charu Mazumdar, the Communist revolutionary forces were divided into many groups.