The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met online on March 11, 2021. It has issued the following statement:
Forthcoming State Assembly Elections
The Polit Bureau called upon the entire Party in the country to ensure the victory of the Left, democratic and secular forces in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Kerala, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Assam, Puducherry and the Autonomous District Council elections across the state in Tripura. The main focus of the CPI(M) shall be to defeat the BJP which is essential for people’s welfare in the concerned states and for the unity and integrity of India as a whole.
Concerned Party state committees have already announced the list of Party candidates for the elections.
Ongoing Historic Kisan Struggle
The CPI(M) continues its support and solidarity with the historic struggle of the Indian peasantry and demands that the Modi government must immediately repeal the disastrous Agri Laws. The Polit Bureau paid homage to the nearly 300 kisans who lost their lives in this historic struggle during the last four months.
Struggles Against Privatisation
The Polit Bureau extends its support and solidarity with the Central Trade Union’s ongoing battles against the wholesale privatisation of the public sector units undertaken by the Modi government and the unbridled loot of national assets.
The Polit Bureau extends its support to the ongoing people’s struggle in Andhra Pradesh against the privatisation of the Vizag Steel Plant.
The Polit Bureau extends its support to the strike call by all unions of the Banks on March 15 & 16, the strike of the union’s of General Insurance Companies on March 17 and the strike by the union’s of Life Insurance Corporation on March 18.
Abdication by BJP Government from being Accountable to Parliament
The Polit Bureau strongly condemns the refusal by the BJP government at the Centre to discuss burning people’s issues like the continuous hikes in the prices of petroleum products in the Parliament. In order to avoid such discussions, the Parliament sessions have been cancelled till March 15. This is the worst instance of abandonment of the government’s accountability and answerability to the Parliament as prescribed by the Indian Constitution.
The Polit Bureau reiterates the Party’s demand that the Central government withdraw all the hikes in the excise duties on petroleum products.