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A Call for introspection: AITUC vice-president Parvathy Krishnam addressing a programme organised as part of the 70th anniversary of the CPI at the Town Hall in Palakkad on Monday.
A Call for introspection: AITUC vice-president Parvathy Krishnam addressing a programme organised as part of the 70th anniversary of the CPI at the Town Hall in Palakkad on Monday.

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Check growing influence of capitalists: AITUC leader

PALAKKAD: Parvathy Krishnam, former MP and vice-president of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), has urged communist parties to conduct self-introspection to ascertain the reasons for their declining influence in national politics.

Inaugurating programmes organised as part of the 70th anniversary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) here on Monday, the veteran Communist leader said with the Left losing its influence in the country, the capitalists had gained total control over the workers and the toiling masses. The fruits of struggle waged by the workers and the Communists were now being denied to them due to the growing influence of the capitalists and the rich in the political system in the country, she said.

Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran who inaugurated the programme to honour veteran CPI leaders at the function said the biggest contribution of the Communist parties in Kerala was that they helped the poor to gain self- respect and made them conscious of their democratic rights. The humanism that was the hallmark of the Communist movement in Kerala had attracted millions of poor and toiling masses. But this humanism and values of Communist ideology are lost now. This has to be seriously taken note of and corrected by the Communist movement in Kerala, he said.

District secretary of CPI, Vijayan Kunisseri, presided. Deputy Speaker Jose Baby; CPI State executive committee member V. Chamunni; economist P.A. Vasudevan; CPI district assistant secretary V. Suresh Raj; spoke

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