People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 26, 2006
The Anti-People Jayalalitha Govt
CPI(M)’s Clarion Call For The People Of Tamilnadu
SPECIAL political conference of the CPI(M) Tamilnadu state unit called upon the
people of the state to throw out the anti-people Jayalalitha government in the
coming elections to the state assembly. The conference adopted a resolution
delineating the people’s issues on which the elections must be fought. The
resolution also contained contours of the alternative pro-people path any new
government must adopt after coming to power.
conference got off to a start on February 18 amidst thunderous slogans of ‘Red
Salute to Red flag’ and ‘Red Salute to CPI(M)’ renting the air at Madurai
Thamukkam Grounds with R Umanath, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) hoisting the
a time when all political parties in the state were engrossed in the task of
seat sharing negotiations, the CPI(M) state committee was engaged in a different
but admirable activity of conducting a political conference at Madurai for the
purpose of formulating its document for an alternative path. This particular
resolution is the articulation of its demands to any new government that is to
occupy the seat of power in the state after the May 2006 state assembly
elections. Successive governments, after assuming office tend to forget their
own manifesto – leave alone the demands of the democratic parties – and
embark on a path chartered by the neo liberal policies hitting hard the common
man who voted them to power. It has become incumbent upon the CPI(M) in the
state to put the issues in the perspective and see that this election is fought
on the peoples issues.
CPI(M) thought it fit to convene this broader conference involving all state
committee members, district committee members and state level mass and class
organisations’ leaders to deliberate and adopt such an important document that
would become a weapon in the hands of the Party workers to face the electorate
in the coming assembly elections. Altogether 1150 delegates attended this
one-day special conference which was inaugurated by Prakash Karat, general
secretary of the Party. The proceedings were conducted by a presidium consisting
of T K Rangarajan, central
committee member, J Hemachandran state secretariat member and the leader of the
CPI(M) legislature party in Tamilnadu assembly and P Jhansi Rani, state
committee member. A Lasar, state committee member, welcomed the gathering.
Karat in his inaugural address dealt at length on the current political
situation in the country, especially the formation of the UPA government,
formulation of the CMP and the role played by the Left, particularly the CPI(M),
in resisting those measures taken by the government which undermine the
sovereignty of the nation and economic self-reliance. He narrated about the
background of the struggles against FDI in retail sector, airport privatisation
and the government’s pro-American tilt in its foreign policy as seen in the
Iran nuclear issue. He further outlined the approach of the CPI(M) for the
ensuing assembly elections in five states. To a cheering crowd, he confidently
declared that the people of West Bengal will return the Left Front government
back to power for the seventh consecutive time, and
with increased margins and numbers of seats in the coming elections.
Similar optimism was expressed by him about Kerala too.
to the Tamilnadu situation, he said that right from 2001 the Jayalalitha
government went on a rampage on people’s livelihood issues and democracy. She
implemented neo liberal policies and sought to suppress the movement of the
state government employees, transport and electricity workers. She used POTA to
settle scores against political opponents and abused her office to extend
concessions to the big business, both Indian and foreign. The last minute sops
and rollbacks might not cut ice with the masses, said Karat and expressed
confidence that the people of the state would dislodge this anti-people regime
and install a new government. He also expressed the hope that the CPI(M) would
increase its presence in the state assembly commensurate with the influence and
strength of the Party.
Varadarajan, state secretary of the Party, while placing the resolution in the
conference noted that the state government under Jayalalitha’s leadership
refused to give land to the one crore landless workers in the state whereas she
had given lakhs of acres of land to the corporate sector under the wasteland
development scheme. Small and medium industries had run into difficulties about
which her government had turned a deaf ear. He added that the people from rural
areas were migrating to urban areas and other states in large numbers seeking
employment and registered unemployed people had crossed the mark of 50 lakh.
Varadarajan pointed out that the conduct of the legislative assembly itself is
being made a mockery of democracy, where Jayalalitha alone was permitted to talk
endlessly while the legislators’ mike were put off well before time by the
speaker. Walk-outs and eviction had become a normal happening leaving the
Treasury Benches to without bother throughout the sessions. He appealed to all
democratic minded people to take note of all these happenings and give a fitting
reply to the anti-democratic Jayalalitha government in the ensuing polls.
the afternoon session, leaders representing various segments spoke seconding the
resolutions. S Kannan (Youth), K Swaminathan (Middle classes), A V Murugayyan (AIAWU),
Balabharathy (MLA), S A Perumal (Theekkadir), Ponraj (Teachers), N Pandi (AIKS),
P Sugandhi (Women), G Selva (Students) and A K Padmanabhan (Trade Union) who
spoke endorsing the resolution and urged the need to defeat the present AIADMK
regime lock, stock and barrel. Later, the resolution was unanimously adopted by
the conference to a standing ovation.
in the inaugural session, the Tamil version of the book on the History of the
Indian Communist Movement was released by Prakash Karat. The first copy was
received by P Ramachandran, central committee member of the Party.
delegate session was followed by a public meeting in the evening. Thousands of
Party members and followers from the nearby districts were present in strength
with their families to hear the leaders of the Party. P Mohan, Lok Sabha member
representing Madurai constituency presided over the meeting in which Prakash
Karat, R Umanath, member of Polit Bureau, N Sankaraiah, chairman of the Central
Control Commission, N Varadarajan, state secretary, U Vasuki, central committee
member, K Balakrishnan and A Soundararajan, state secretariat members spoke. As
an expression of Left solidarity, D Pandian, state secretary of the CPI also
addressed the public meeting.
Jothiram, Madurai urban district secretary welcomed the gathering and the rural
district secretary V Sundaram proposed vote of thanks.
Preceding the public meeting, Madurai Transport Workers’ “Kalaivanar
Kalaikuzhu”, Puthugai “Boopalam Kalaikuzhu”, Salem “Akkini Kalaikuzhu”
and Krishnagiri “Makkal Kalaikuzhu” groups played various cultural
political conference generated a lot of enthusiasm among democratic-minded
people for the political struggle to be conducted in the form of electoral
campaign. The CPI(M) had always been at the forefront of setting the agenda for
any critical mass action and this time also it had successfully accomplished
that task in the form a resolution - drafted, deliberated and adopted - for the
ensuing Tamilnadu state assembly elections in May 2006.