The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that this retrograde proposal is immediately withdrawn. At a time when the Indian economy is in a tailspin and the country is fighting the Covid pandemic, such proposals that will favour the wealthy while burdening the needy are totally unacceptable.
The Communists in India were the first victims of such central authoritarian misuse of constitutional provisions when the democratically elected government in Kerala was undemocratically dismissed in 1959. This has happened with Left-led governments repeatedly in Kerala and West Bengal subsequently.
Responding to the people’s urge for relief from the growing burdens, the leaders of 11 parties have resolved to work together for strengthening the democratic framework ending corruption and ensuring accountability in government; establishing a firm secular order which recognizes the plurality and diversity of our society; providing a people-oriented developmental path which addresses the concerns of inequality, social justice, farmers’ interests, minorities and women’s rights...