A meeting of the State Secretariat of Punjab CPI(M) was held on January 20, 2016.

 Comrade Charan Singh Virdi, State Secretary issuing  a Press statement about the decisions of the State Secretariat meeting stated that the Congress  cannot provide any solution to the problems and issues plaguing Punjab and its people since they pursue the same  anti people Neo- Liberal   policies which are pursued by  the Akali – BJP government in Punjab. Evaluating the conferences by various political parties at Maghi Mela he further said  the Aam Aadmi Party is  also failing in presenting any positive agenda  of solutions based on alternative  pro people policies.  In the prevailing situation, he asserted that  Left Front alone  can provide a pro people Left and democratic political  alternative which can give relief to the people in the state. He blamed the anti people policies of Akali-BJP government for uninterrupted price rise, unemployment, bullying tactics of the ruling forces, corruption, police atrocities, increase in social crimes against women and dalits and declared that the struggle on 15 points demand charter containing burning demands of the working people and democratic model of  development of Punjab  will be made broadbased and intensified . He said that the CPI(M) won’t contest the Khadoor Sahib by- election.

Comrade Virdi said that CPI(M) will extend full support to the dharna and demonstrations programme  of various democratic mass organizations  at district headquarters on 29th January, 2016  against black law ‘  Punjab Prevention Of Damage To Public And Private Property Act- 2014 ‘  and demanded immediate scrapping of  the draconian law. Condemning the  Pathankot terrorist  attack , Comrade Virdi demanded strong action against the derelict police officers involved in the incident and terrorist forces who want to disturb the communal harmony , peace and harm  the unity and integrity of the country and also sabotage the ongoing talks between India and Pakistan. 

 He further informed that a General Body meeting of the party will be held on 30th January, 2016 at Bhakna Bhawan , Chandigarh in which Central leaders will report about the decisions of the Organisational Plenum held at Kolkata from 27-31 December, 2015 and intervention  of CPI(M) in current political situation prevailing in the country and future tasks of the party.  Comrade Virdi said that the meeting expressed shock and serious concern over the death due to suicide of a dalit scholar, Rohit Vemule of Hyderabad  University because of victimization under pressure from the BJP, ruling party at the centre. The meeting condemned the incident and demanded action against the culprits  who are responsible for the suicide of the scholar.