The Left movement in West Bengal – the most powerful contingent of the Left movement in India – today faces intense repression by the State Government led by the Trinamul Congress (TMC) and by the ruling classes in general. Surya Kanta Mishra, member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), holds the two crucial positions of Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and and Secretary of the State Committee of the CPI(M). Dr Mishra gave this interview on the state of political repression in West Bengal....
West Bengal Left Front would begin a 15-day political agitation-campaign movement from 12th June all over the state in protest against 'deteriorating' law and order situation,
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) congratulates the people of West Bengal for the successful general strike and hartal they observed today in the state. Despite large scale arrests, threats, intimidations and the unleashing of unprecedented violence by the state police and the ruling Trinamool Congress, the hartal evoked a spontaneous response from all walks of people in the state.
The Left Front has called for a general 12-hour strike and hartal in West Bengal on 30th April, to protest against massive rigging in the recently held municipal elections. With the help of police and state administration, wholesale booth capturing, violent attacks on voters and opposition activists took place across the state.
The elections to 91 municipalities including two corporations in West Bengal held on April 25, 2015 constitute a total mockery of democracy. In these and the election to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation a week earlier, there was a high degree of people’s enthusiasm and a large number of women turned out to cast their vote
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its deep sorrow at the devastating impact of the earthquake in Nepal. It extends its condolences to the families of the hundreds who were reportedly killed in the earthquake. The people of India stand in solidarity with the Nepalese people in this time of calamity. The CPI(M) calls upon the Central Government to immediately provide all necessary assistance to Nepal.
The Left Front will launch a strong protest if democratic rights of the people are attacked during the forthcoming municipality elections, scheduled to be held on April 18 and 25. We will not sit idle if the election process is turned into farce, said Dr Surjya Kanta Mishra, Leader of Opposition and Secretary of CPI (M) West Bengal State Committee, addressing an agitation program convened by the Left Front in front of the State Election Commission office on March 19.
Holding the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government responsible for the rise in number of crimes against women in West Bengal and demanding punishment for the culprits, West Bengal Left Front organised a protest rally on February 6 at Kolkata. More than 30 thousand Left Front workers from 13 districts of South Bengal participated in the rally from Ramlila Park to College Square today.
For free and fair poll in Lok Sabha and Assembly bye-elections in West Bengal
Durgapur, with rich legacy of workers’ militant struggles, is on the path of resistance again. A three-day, 55 kms march by thousands of people started on Monday from Durgapur. The people are demanding policies to save industries and defend workers’ rights.