C. Gouridasan Nair
CPI Ministers told to observe utmost vigil while taking decisions
Party for more coordination among LDF partners
Wants steps to fix priorities, implement policies
THRISSUR: Veliyam Bhargavan is likely to be re-elected Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary at the conclusion of the four-day party State conference here on Tuesday.
Eighty-year-old Mr. Bhargavan has already been elected for three consecutive terms and his is the most prominent among the names being mentioned for the post on the eve of the election. The only question is whether he wishes to hold the post for another term.
Other names doing the rounds, that of Lok Sabha member C.K. Chandrappan and Rajya Sabha member K.E. Ismail, would come into the reckoning only in the event of his choosing to call it a day.
The delegates’ session of the conference and the parallel sessions on different topics concluded on Monday with a reply by Mr. Bhargavan.
In the course of his reply, Mr. Bhargavan made a strong pitch for constant vigil against creeping parliamentary illusions in the party and told the delegates that steps would be taken to ensure that the party nominees in the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government performed in keeping with the views expressed by them in the course of the discussion on the political and organisational reports.
Mr. Bhargavan said that though the performance of the LDF government was, in general, satisfactory, there was need for more coordination among alliance partners, steps to fix priorities and to implement policies and programmes in a time-bound manner.
In response to specific criticisms about the functioning of CPI Ministers, he said the party’s Ministers had been told to observe utmost vigil while taking decisions and not to do anything that would cause embarrassment to the party. Replying to the discussion on the organisational report, party State assistant secretary C.N. Chandran said the party membership had grown by 17,000 over the last three years.
Briefing reporters about the deliberations at the conference, Mr. Ismail said there was no constitutional bar on Mr. Bhargavan becoming State secretary a fourth time.
He said the conference would elect the new State council, delegates to the 20th Party Congress being held at Hyderabad later this month and the new State Control Commission before its conclusion with a red volunteer march and a mass rally in the city.
In separate resolutions, the conference demanded urgent steps to translate the LDF’s promise to provide land and shelter to the landless Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, reservation of one-third seats in Parliament and Assemblies for women and to establish a Bench of the Kerala High Court at Thiruvananthapuram with the facility for filing of cases.