P.B. Communique

May 30, 2016


Press Communiqué


The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met at New Delhi on May 29 & 30, 2016. It has issued the following statement:


Two Years of BJP-Modi Government


The BJP government had conducted a gaudy celebration of the completion of two years in office making many bombastic claims. 


These two years have confirmed that a new `trimoorti’ is being sculpted.  Its three faces represent the following: one, the relentless pursuit of aggressive communal polarization in the effort to transform the secular democratic character of the Indian Republic into the RSS version of a rabidly intolerant fascistic `Hindu Rashtra’; two, the pursuit of the neo-liberal trajectory of economic reforms, more aggressively than pursued by the UPA government, imposing unprecedented burdens on the vast majority of our people; and three, increasing recourse to authoritarian measures undermining the institutions of parliamentary democracy and running roughshod over democratic rights and civil liberties. 


As far as the majority of the Indian people are concerned, there is an economic disaster rather than any cause for celebrations. 


·        Six year low for new jobs in eight labour-intensive industries. In 2015, official figures reveal that only few new jobs were created in the country as against the promise of creating two crores of new jobs annually.   Every year, over 1.3 crore of Indian youth join the job market 

·        Worst decline in exports in 63 years – decline for 17 months in a row

·        Core inflation of 6.8 per cent, Dal prices rise by more than 30 per cent

·        Annual core sector growth of only 2.7 per cent, a decade low

·        2,997 farmers committed suicide in 2015, 116 farmers in January-March 2016

·        MGNREGA payments not made, arrears paid after Supreme Court orders

·        Rural wages decline in real terms in a decade

·        Savings bank deposits growth at a 53 year low

·        NPAs of banks more than Rs 13 lakh core and growing

·        27 per cent zero-balance Jan Dhan accounts, 33 per cent duplicate accounts

·        New and more taxes, surcharges and cesses on items used by the  poor

On top of this, the agrarian distress is worsening.  The Modi government promised “minimum of 50 per cent profits over cost of production”.




·        Profitability down to less than 10 per cent, and in some crops, into losses

·        Agriculture and allied sector grew at -0.2 per cent  in FY15 & 1.1 per cent in FY16

·        Foodgrains production dropped by 5 per cent in FY15, to decline further in FY16


Severe Drought Situation


·        12 states were declared drought-hit only after Supreme Court’s orders. Overall,  54 crore people in 13 states are suffering in the grip of drought

·        25 per cent of India’s rural inhabitations face drinking water crisis.

The unprecedented drought situation has resulted in the death of thousands of poor people and lakhs of livestock.  Immediate relief must be provided to the suffering people.  Despite the Supreme Court intervention, nothing tangible is being done by the Central government. 


The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that the sufferings of the people must be mitigated on a war footing. 


Sharpening Communal Polarisation


The RSS-BJP are, once again, resorting to whipping up communal passions in the run up to the forthcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in 2017.  It is reported that the Bajrang Dal has been organizing arms training camps in several parts of the state.  This is clearly an exercise  to provoke communal conflicts and tensions and reap the consequent electoral gains from such polarization.  Such efforts are an expression of the worst ‘vote bank politics’ seeking the consolidation of the Hindutva communal vote bank at the expense of  weakening the unity of India’s social fabric.  The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns such activities and demands that both the Central government and the UP state government take strong action in accordance with the law of the land. 


Racial Attacks against the People of African Origin


The reports of increasing violence resulting in the death of people of African origin living in India is a matter of grave concern.  That such grievous attacks take place in the national capital of Delhi is, indeed, shameful.  Such racist attacks undermine the centuries old relationship between India and the African countries. This has already assumed the dimension of affecting diplomatic ties between India and the African countries.


The Central government must immediately intervene to ensure that stringent action is taken against the culprits and those propagating racist hatred.  This is absolutely essential to prevent the further downslide in the international image of India.


Elections to the State Assemblies


The CPI(M) state committees in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamilnadu and  Assam are scheduled to meet to prepare a detailed review of the CPI(M)’s performance in the elections and the post election political situation arising in these states.  On the basis of these review reports prepared by the state committees, the Central Committee will conduct its review at its forthcoming meeting from June 18-20. 


With regard to the electoral tactics pursued by the CPI(M) in various states, the electoral tactics evolved in West Bengal was not in consonance with the Central Committee decision based on the political-tactical line of the Party which states that there shall be no alliance or understanding with the Congress party. 



Post-Declaration of Result Violence


The Trinamool Congress has unleashed widespread violence against the cadres of the opposition parties.  Many CPI(M) cadres have been murdered and over 600 CPI(M) and mass organization offices have been ransacked and some set on fire.  Apart from targeting the offices of all opposition parties and mass organizations, the attacks specifically focus on constituencies and areas where Trinamool Congress lost in these elections.  Widespread  bomb attacks, arson and extortions of huge amounts of money as ransom are being reported.  Those who voted against the Trinamool Congress are reportedly coerced into paying a hefty fine for having exercised their  democratic choice.


Under these circumstances, the CPI(M) calls upon the people of West Bengal to unitedly resist this murder of democracy and civil liberties in the state.  The strength of the people’s unity is the answer to meet this unprecedented unleashing of violence. 




The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) salutes the people of Kerala for reposing faith in the LDF in a resounding manner in these Assembly elections.  The LDF government has assumed office with a resolve to fulfill the commitments that it made to the people of Kerala during the polls.


The physical attacks by the RSS against the CPI(M) and the LDF continue.  Forty one such attacks have already taken place since the results were declared. Two comrades have lost their lives, with Sasikumar, who was seriously injured in an attack at Engandiyoor in Thrissur on 22nd May succumbing to his injuries on May 27.  82 comrades have been injured in these brutal attacks including an elected MLA who has now been sworn in as a Minister.


The CPI(M) calls upon the RSS/BJP to respect the verdict of the people and desist from such murderous onslaughts.

P.B. Communique

August 8, 2009

Press Communiqué

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met in New Delhi on July 29 and 30, 2005. It has issued the following statement:

Floods in Maharashtra

The Polit Bureau expressed deep sorry at the heavy loss of lives due to the torrential rains in Maharashtra. More than 800 people have died in the devastation which has mainly affected Mumbai, Thane and Raigad. The state administration and the Mumbai Municipal Corporation came to a standstill and failed to respond to the grim situation. Even four days after the rains, people have not received relief in many parts. Electricity, water and other essential supplies remain cut off. Farmers have suffered heavy losses due to destruction of crops and cattle. The administration has to gear up to provide speedy relief and restore essential services and supplies. Steps have to be taken to cope with such disasters in the future and institute stringent measures for planned urban development. The central government must provide adequate support and coordinate the measures that are needed.

Crisis within the BJP

The continuing controversy about L.K. Advani continuing as the President of the BJP shows how the party is unable to reconcile its role as a normal political party while having to act at the behest of the RSS. The recent effort to avert a confrontation on the issue over the leadership of the party cannot hide the fact that the BJP is merely a front of the RSS. The ideological confusion and disarray has become evident to all. The efforts of the BJP to recover ground by picking up issues based on the Hindutva platform is not meeting with any meaningful response from the people.

The allies of the BJP in the NDA have no grounds whatsoever now to pretend that they are not part of a combination whose major party obeys the RSS dictates.

Bihar Elections

The Polit Bureau discussed a report on the political situation in Bihar submitted by the state unit of the Party. It decided to work for a broad unity of the democratic and secular forces to ensure the defeat of the JD(U)-BJP combine. In this connection the Party will discuss with the RJD about seat adjustments while striving to see that there is a wider understanding. The Party will conduct an independent campaign to project how the problems of the state can be tackled.

Jammu & Kashmir

The Polit Bureau expressed serious concern at the rising number of extremist attacks in Srinagar and other areas which have targeted both the civilian population and the security forces. The spurt in attacks is accompanied by the efforts to step up infiltration from across the border during the summer season. The state administration and the central government should take necessary measures to check the movement of extremists and to preempt their attacks.
At the same time, the Polit Bureau stressed the importance of avoiding any violence on the civilian population by the security forces. In a shocking incident in Kupwara three young boys were killed by the army in the night mistaking them to be militants. This tragic incident underlines how important it is to prevent such excesses which further adds to the alienation of the people and undermines the possibilities of restoring peace.

India-US Agreements

The Polit Bureau reiterated its stand on the recent agreements arrived at with the United States.

· The Polit Bureau considers the India-US Defence Framework Agreement as another step towards India serving the global strategy of the United States which is harmful for our strategic and security interests.

· The joint statement issued after the Prime Minister’s visit shows the continuation of the trend of India being accommodated as an ally of the United States with decisions such as the joint democracy initiative and accepting the US leadership in the fight against terrorism.

· The Polit Bureau emphasised the importance of maintaining our independence in developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. The Department of Atomic Energy should not be weakened while implementing the nuclear cooperation agreement on the basis of structured reciprocity.


The Polit Bureau strongly condemned the continuing repression by the King’s regime in Nepal of political activists and those working to restore democracy. The road map to restore democracy promised by the King when he met the Indian Prime Minister at Jakarta has proved to be farcical. The former Prime Minister Sher Singh Deuba has been sentenced to two years in imprisonment on a concocted case of corruption alongwith another former minister. A well-known student leader has been arrested and is being tried for sedition while other student leaders languish in jail. The right of association of government employees has been suppressed. Increasingly, the people of Nepal are realizing that the monarchy is incompatible with a democratic set up.
In such a situation, the CPI(M) expects the government of India to reconsider its stand of resuming military supplies and for a firm stand in support of the restoration of democracy.


The Polit Bureau discussed a report on the Malappuram state conference submitted by the Kerala State Committee of the Party. It decided on certain measures to tackle the organisational issues which had arisen.

Call for Countrywide Movement

The Central Committee had given a call for a countrywide campaign in August and for launching movements in September on issues connected with land, food and employment. The Polit Bureau heard reports about the preparations for this campaign and movement and called upon all its Party units to seriously undertake this programme.

The Polit Bureau extended its full support to the call by the Sponsoring Committee of Trade Unions for a one-day general strike on September 29 on a 16-point charter of demands. It called upon all its Party units to work for making the strike a success.

Next C.C. Meeting

The Polit Bureau decided to convene the next meeting of the Central Committee between 2nd and 4th September 2005 in New Delhi.