‘Intensify campaign against Trinamool Congress’ attacks on democratic rights’

The Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s preparations for the upcoming rural polls in West Bengal, where the focus is to be on strengthening its organisation, were reviewed on the first day of the two-day meeting of the party’s State Committee here on Friday.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had, on Thursday, ruled out advancing the panchayat elections that are scheduled to be held in May.

The need to intensify the campaign against the attacks on the democratic rights of the people by the ruling Trinamool Congress, often with the support of the government machinery, was emphasised by speakers at the CPI(M) State Committee meeting.

Leaders of the CPI(M) as well as those of other Left parties have been expressing fears that their nominees may be prevented from filing their nomination papers for the polls. 

The campaign against those communal and divisive forces that are bent on undermining the unity of the working classes will also have to be sustained, the CPI(M) State Committee resolved.

CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee presided over the meeting.

The State Committee also directed CPI(M) workers at all levels to mobilise people’s support for the two-day nationwide strike called by various Central trade unions on February 20-21.

The party has appealed to these trade unions to consider exempting certain sectors from the purview of the strike on February 21, the second day, in view of International Mother Language Day, which is observed with great fervour in the State.