Sunday, July 4, 2010 to Saturday, July 3, 2010
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met in New Delhi on July 3 and 4, 2010. It has issued the following statement:
Against Price Rise
The Polit Bureau strongly condemns the refusal of the UPA government to reconsider the decision to increase the prices of petrol, diesel, kerosene and cooking gas and the steps being taken to deregulate the prices of petrol and diesel.
By these steps, the Congress-led government is directly responsible for the spiraling price rise of food items and essential commodities. The deregulation of prices are meant to help the private oil companies and put the people at the mercy of a market-controlled by the oil MNCs and the domestic corporates.
July 5 Hartal
The Polit Bureau appealed to all sections of the people to join the all India hartal on July 5 and make it a big success. This powerful all India protest action should serve as a warning to the government not to heap burdens on the people and to withdraw the price hike measures.
Campaign for Food Security
The Polit Bureau endorsed the decision of the Left parties convention held on July 1 to conduct an extensive campaign in the month of August on the demands for a comprehensive food security legislation which will provided for 35 kg of foodgrains to every family at Rs. 2 per kilo; making the public distribution system universal; and distributing the food stocks accumulated in the godowns to feed the people. State units will organise this campaign through padayatras, jathas and rallies.
The Polit Bureau expressed its deep concern at the continuing phenomenon of “honour” killings. The caste khap panchayats are issuing illegal diktats against young couples who marry outside their narrow caste norms, which results in their brutal and inhuman killings. The statement by the Haryana Chief Minister and some Congress MPs defending the khap panchayats are providing sustenance to such illegal and violent activities.
The Polit Bureau demands firm action against those who issue such illegal decisions and resort to intimidation, threats and violence. The government should immediately bring forth a comprehensive law against “honour” killings.
Attacks in West Bengal
The Polit Bureau denounced the continuing violence and attacks against the CPI(M) workers and supporters in West Bengal by the TMC combine. The Maoist involvement in the derailing of the Gyaneswar Express resulting in the deaths of 149 passengers has been established. They are desperately trying to eliminate CPI(M) cadres and terrorise supporters in the Jangal Mahal area. The true nature of the Maoists has been fully exposed by these heinous activities.
The Polit Bureau calls upon all democratic and progressive circles to condemn this degenerate and perverse activities of the Maoists. The Polit Bureau calls upon all its units to step up the campaign in solidarity with the CPI(M) and the Left Front in West Bengal.
Central Committee Meeting
The Polit Bureau finalized the draft of the political resolution for the extended Central Committee meeting to be held in August. This draft along with the review of the implementation of the political-tactical line will be placed before the next Central Committee meeting to be held on July 21-23, 2010.