The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met in New Delhi on March 12-13. It has issued the following statement:
Recent Assembly elections
The BJP was elected to form governments once again in all its incumbent states – UP, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. With intensified communal polarisation, control over large sections of the media and immense money power, BJP could retain its UP government with a reduced majority.
The people of Punjab voted for the Aam Admi Party rejecting the traditional two parties - Congress and Akali Dal. The AAP won a sweeping victory as people of Punjab voted for a decisive change.
These results show the continuing dominance of right wing politics. The Polit Bureau called upon all the Left and Democratic forces to jointly redouble efforts to fight against the Hindutva Corporate regime, its policies, growing authoritarianism and fascistic attacks.
Condemn BJP’s fascistic violence against CPI(M) in Tripura
Soon after the Assembly election results were declared, the BJP in Tripura unleashed vicious fascistic attacks against CPI(M) cadres and indiscriminately attacked many CPI(M) offices across the state. The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemned this unleashing of politics of terror in the state. The BJP in the past has continuously indulged in such terror against CPI(M) but shall fail, once again, to intimidate the Party and its rank and file.
Condemn slashing of EPF interest rates
Following these election results the BJP central government mounted further vicious attacks on the working people by reducing the Employment Provident Fund interest rate to 8.1 per cent from 8.5 per cent last year. This is cruel as it comes in the background of mounting hardships with growing job losses, galloping price rise etc.
The Polit Bureau calls upon all CPI(M) units to organise protests against this assault on people’s livelihood.
Further Sharpening of Communal Polarisation
Ominously, the RSS in its 2022 annual report released soon after these assembly election results were declared alleged “growing religious fanaticism” in the country in the name of “Constitution and Religious Freedom” declaring that there are “elaborate plans by a particular community to enter the government machinery”. The RSS has called for “all efforts with organised strength” to “defeat this menace”. This is another insidious move to target the minority community.
The PB called upon all secular democratic forces to come forward to uphold the Constitutional guarantees and the rule of law to prevent communal violence and maintaining social harmony, so vital for the unity and integrity of India.
CPI(M) 23rd Party Congress
The Polit Bureau discussed the Political Organisational Report that will be placed for Party Central Committee’s Consideration at its meeting on 25-27 March.
The 23rd Congress of the CPI(M) will be held from 6-10 April 2022 at Kannur, Kerala.