The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
On Gujarat Earthquake
Gujarat has been devastated by a severe earthquake which hit the state on the morning of the Republic Day. Thousands have died and many more injured. There are a large number of people trapped in the debris. The worst affected spot is Bhuj while other cities, particularly Ahmedabad, have suffered major damage. The Polit Bureau conveys its heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost their family members, relatives and friends in the tragedy.
It is imperative that the central government organise relief and rehabilitation work on a scale which will help the state meet this enormous tragedy. The entire country will have to join in the efforts to render succour to the people of Gujarat.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) appeals to all sections of the people to contribute money and resources to help in the relief work. The Polit Bureau has decided to contribute Rs. 5 lakhs as a first installment, to the government for relief work.
Cheques/Drafts towards contributions to the earthquake relief fund may be sent to:
Central Committee, Communist Party of India (Marxist)
A.K. Gopalan Bhawan, 27-29, Bhai Vir Singh Marg, New Delhi