August 12, 2018
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses is profound grief at the death of a former member of the Central Committee of the CPI(M) and a veteran of the communist movement in Bihar, Comrade Vijaykant Thakur, who died this morning. He was 86 years old.
A leader of many mass movements in Bihar, Vijaykant Thakur was a student activist in 1955-56, who later on joined the undivided Communist Party. He joined the CPI(M) in 1975. He served as the Secretary of the Dharbhanga district committee of the Party for a long period. He was the Secretary of the Bihar State Committee of the Party from 2005 to 2015. He was elected to the Central Committee of the Party at its 20th Congress and retired at the last Congress due to old age.
A militant leader, he led various struggles of the poor and landless peasants in Dharbhanga, Purnea and other districts of Bihar. The successful struggles that he led for the eviction of land illegally occupied by landlords and the land mafia and for redistribution among the poor and the landless earned him immense popularity among these sections. He was General Secretary of the Bihar unit of the All India Kisan Sabha for a long time and also a member of the All India Kisan Council.
He was elected as the President of the Kansi Gram Panchayat for a record forty years uninterruptedly. His spartan life style attracted many.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) conveys its heartfelt condolences to his wife and children and the entire membership of the Party in Bihar.