P.B. Communique

September 27, 2015


Press Communiqué


The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met in New Delhi on September 26 & 27, 2015. It has issued the following statement:


Plenum on Organisation


The Polit Bureau discussed the broad outlines of the contents of the Report and the Resolution for the Organisational Plenum to be held from December 27 to 31 of December, 2015 at Kolkata.


The replies to the detailed questionnaire by the Party Centre to the State Committees have been received and the documents for the Plenum will be prepared incorporating these as well. The Polit Bureau will meet on 28th and 29th of October and the Party Central Committee from 13th to 16th of November to finalise the documents for the Plenum.


RSS-BJP Stand on Reservations


The Polit Bureau condemned the repeated assertions by the RSS chief against the current reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs that are in force according to constitutional directives. The RSS Chief has now stressed for a need for a review of reservation quotas to decide which categories require such reservations and for how long. He called for the appointment of a independent commission to decide on this matter. He repeated to this assertion in response to a nationwide outcry against this statement which is widely and correctly seen as an effort to dismantle reservations and hence undermine whatever little the country is achieving in terms of establishing social justice.


The BJP in the meanwhile is trying to project itself as a champion of the OBCs in the Bihar elections and has cobbled up a coalition of some representatives of the marginalized and the socially oppressed sections of our society.


However, as the BJP has repeatedly in the recent past reconfirmed its role as the political arm of the RSS, is bound to carry out the RSS diktats on this issue.


There seems to be a not so clever attempt at social engineering in the run up to the Bihar assembly elections. The RSS stand seeks to consolidate the upper caste support while the BJP electoral alliances and projections seeks to appeal to the SC, ST and backward sections. Such a diabolic “division of labour” strategy will surely be rebuffed by the people.


The Polit Bureau is confident that the people of Bihar will see through this nefarious game and hand a resounding defeat to the RSS/BJP in the Bihar assembly elections.


Sharpening Communal Offensive


The Polit Bureau noted with grave concern the growing reports of attempts to sharpen communal polarisation all across the country particularly in Bihar in the run up to the assembly elections. Growing reports of sharpening communal tensions are pouring in from various parts of northern India.


Simultaneously, this BJP government’s efforts to rewrite history and position RSS personnel in all leading bodies of educational research are proceeding with a renewed offensive. History is being rewritten. The Delhi University had hosted a meet of the so-called academicians who have declared that the Vedic Age is now 6000 years earlier than what has been established through a rigorous scientific study. This is a perfidious exercise to establish that the Aryans originated in India and they alone are the original inhabitants.


Clearly this BJP government is proceeding with a frenzied hurry to replace Indian history with Hindu mythology and rich Indian philosophy with Hindu theology.


The Polit Bureau called upon all the units of the CPI(M) to organize a nationwide campaign against this communal offensive. The CPI(M) appeals to secular forces and elements in the country who cherish our inherited legacy of a syncretic civilisational ethos to come forward and unitedly thwart these designs.


Growing Burdens on the People


The Polit Bureau noted with concern the relentless mounting of economic burdens on the people. Price rise continues to torment with now the staple protein nutrition of our people – dals – costing at rates which are beyond the capacity of the common people, including many middle class families.


All the economic policies and slogans announced with great fanfare by this BJP government and PM Modi have not brought any revival of economic growth in the country. On the contrary, notwithstanding the manipulation of official statistics, an industrial turnaround is not visible. Consequently unemployment is rapidly growing.


The agrarian distress continues to deepen. The deficient rainfall this year has only compounded the misery of our farmers, consequently growing despair in rural India. Peasants suicides continue to be reported from areas hitherto thought to have risen above the agrarian crisis.


In this background even the meager relief that the vast mass of our people were receiving through central schemes like the MNREGA is being drastically reduced. Adequate financial allocations are not being released by the Central government for the schemes. Beneficiaries of the rural employment programme are now being driven to despair and incidents of suicides among them are also being reported. Even the scanty public distribution system is being dismantled. This is accelerating rural misery in our country.


The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) calls upon all its units across the country to organize protest movements against the current policies of the Central Government and the respective state governments which are compounding people’s economic miseries. Depending on the local conditions and focusing on the most burning issues before the people there CPI(M) units must build and strengthen popular mobilizations against the policies of this BJP central government.


New Nepal Constitution.


CPI(M) welcomes the adoption of the federal democratic secular Constitution by an overwhelming majority of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal. Nepal has now been declared a Republic.


India and Nepal have historically shared very close good neighbourly relations. The CPI(M) has always maintained that all decisions regarding Nepal’s political structures are matters that are sovereign to the people of Nepal. In this light the CPI(M) heartily congratulates the people and its major political leadership on this long due historic adoption of the Nepal Constitution. This is the culmination of a long and arduous struggle by the people of Nepal for democracy, secularism and federalism in their country. For a decade after the overthrow of the monarchy the people of Nepal were debating on this Constitution and have now finally adopted it. The CPI(M) wishes them all success.


The CPI(M) notes with dismay the most unfortunate position that this government under PM Modi has taken with regard to this historic democratic advance of Nepal. The RSS/BJP are dismayed that Nepal has rejected the demands to declare itself as a “Hindu Rashtra”. The CPI(M) calls upon the Central Government to ensure that the country to country and people to people relations between India and Nepal must strengthen without any obstacles being erected in this process.


PM Modi Further Succumbs to US Imperialist Pressures


PM Modi currently on a visit to the USA appears to have further compromised India’s position on climate change succumbing to US pressures. The USA abandoning the principle established during the last two decades of global negotiations on climate change that upheld the principle of “common but differentiated responsibility”, underlining the fact that the developed countries having contributed the most to environmentally destructive carbon emissions will take greater responsibility in reducing them, has now announced unilaterally voluntary targets of cuts in carbon emissions.  Instead of resisting such pressures, PM Modi, it is reported, seems to have committed India to similar declaration of voluntary targets which are now called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Further, PM Modi seems to have abandoned the insistence on the western industrialized countries fulfilling their obligations under the treaties of these negotiations to making available financial resources to the developing countries to move towards expensive “greener technologies” and facilitating the transfer of such technologies without the obligations of Intellectual Patent obligations.


Such succumbing to US pressures by PM Modi will have a serious impact denying the vast majority of Indian people energy resources essential for socio-economic development and poverty reduction apart from providing energy to meet the urgent needs of sanitation and hygiene.


The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns this succumbing of the BJP government to US imperialist pressures even on this score.



Attention was drawn to an interview of Somnath Chatterjee in the Economic Times of September 15, 2015. The CPI(M) rejects the views expressed therein regarding CPI(M)’s relations with the Congress, joining Central governments, CPI(M)’s Party leadership etc. These are matters that have been thoroughly discussed and decided upon by successive Party Congresses.

P.B. Communique

August 8, 2009

Press Communique

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met in Kolkata on May 27-28, 2006. It has issued the following statement:

Earthquake In Indonesia

The Polit Bureau expressed its deep shock and grief at the loss of over
3000 lives in the earthquake in central Java in Indonesia. The Polit
Bureau requested the Government of India to send relief material and other assistance to Indonesia for the earthquake-affected people. The Polit
Bureau conveyed its heartfelt condolences to those who have suffered due
to this natural calamity.

Political Situation

The Polit Bureau assessed the political situation in the country after the
assembly elections in five states. The Polit Bureau discussed the draft
report on political developments to be presented to the Central Committee
meeting in June, at Hyderabad.

The Polit Bureau decided that in view of the Left victories in West Bengal and Kerala assembly elections, the Party should conduct a nationwide political campaign projecting the political and policy issues which the CPI(M) and the Left stand for. The Central Committee will work out details of this campaign.

Price Rise

The Polit Bureau expressed serious concern at the increase in prices of
all essential commodities used by the people. Prices of food items are
going up continuously. The prices of sugar, kerosene, oil, cement and
medicines have also increased steeply. The UPA government has failed to
deal with the situation and instead takes satisfaction that the rate of
inflation has come down to four percent.

It is in this context that the deterioration of the public distribution
system is affecting the people. The UPA government sets limits for
distribution of BPL cards in the states, which have no relation to the
number of poor people. It is necessary to immediately strengthen and
expand the public distribution system.

The problems arising from the agrarian crisis have not been tackled
properly. Suicides by farmers are continuing in states like Maharashtra,
Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu and Kerala. The foodgrain production in 2004-05 fell to 198.4 million tonnes as compared to 213.2 million tonnes in 2003-04. In 2005-06, the estimated production is 210 million tonnes which is still less than the 2003 figure. The shortfall in production and
procurement has led to the government deciding to import three million
tonnes of wheat after the earlier import of half a million tonnes. The
farmers have got higher prices from private traders than the minimum
support price (Rs. 650+50 bonus) and the procurement will be less than
what is targeted. There is a projected deficit of 30 lakh tonnes as on 1st
April 2007. With declining procurement, food security and the public
distribution system are bound to be affected.

Petrol Price Hike

The government is considering an increase in the prices of petroleum
products citing the increase in the international oil prices. Already in
the last two years, the government has increased the prices of petroleum
products four times. The government refuses to review the taxation
structure for petroleum products by which the government has imposed a big burden on the people. Without reduction of the tax burden on petroleum products, any attempt to impose added burdens on the people will have no justification and has to be strongly resisted.

The Polit Bureau decided that a powerful countrywide movement must be
launched against any proposed petroleum price hike. For this, the CPI(M)
will contact all democratic and secular parties to jointly conduct a
countrywide struggle.

Reservation in Education for OBCs

The Polit Bureau reiterated its stand on the question of OBC reservation
in education. OBC reservation has to be provided for in educational
institutions under the purview of the central government. As distinct from
the SC and ST categories, the CPI(M) has maintained that there should be a socio-economic criteria which ensures that the needy sections among the OBCs benefit from the reservations. The Party had also advocated a
commensurate increase in the number of seats in central government
educational institutions when OBC reservation is introduced. The Polit
Bureau supports the stand arrived at the UPA Coordination Committee
meeting along with the Left parties regarding the OBC reservation in
educational institutions under the purview of the central government.

The Polit Bureau appealed to the students and other sections who are
agitating against the reservation for OBCs to understand that the proposal
put out by the UPA and the Left parties will provide a equitable and
balanced solution keeping in mind the interests of all sections.

Airport Modernisation

The Polit Bureau criticized the UPA government for pushing for
privatization of the airports under the guise of modernization. The Polit
Bureau reiterated that the government should not sideline the Airports
Authority of India which is a profit-making public sector enterprise.
After arguing that the modernization of Delhi and Mumbai airports should be done by private parties because the funds of the Airports Authority of India are required for the modernization of the other airports, the government is now moving for privatizing the other airports including the Kolkata and Chennai airports. The Polit Bureau demanded that the AAI should be entrusted with the task of modernizing the existing airports under its jurisdiction.


The Polit Bureau warmly greeted the people of Nepal for their historic
success through the popular struggle in getting the King to rescind his
authoritarian rule. Parliament has taken away certain powers of the King
including control of the armed forces. Nepal has been declared a secular
State. The seven-party alliance has declared that elections will be held
to set up a Constituent Assembly. Negotiations with the Maoists have begun for the political process to be worked out. The CPI(M) expresses its support for the efforts by the democratic and secular forces for the
constitution of a democratic republic of Nepal.