People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 40

October 05, 2003


 CPI(M) Resolves To Strengthen Organisational Base

 B Prasant


THE Bengal state committee of the CPI(M) has resolved to further augment Party organisation through a rigorous pursuit of Communist ideology and Communist principles. This decision was arrived at a meeting of the committee held at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan in Kolkata on September 20-21. Shedding light on various aspects of the task to further strengthen the Party organisation, 36 members of the state committee took part in the discussion.


Towards achieving this goal, the rectification campaign shall be strengthened and the ambit of Party education widened to bring in more and more Party members, especially those who have lately joined the ranks.  Party discipline is to be imposed in a stricter manner in the days to come. 


The state committee meting saw the placement of the Organisation report by state secretary, Anil Biswas.  Biman Basu, member of the CPI(M) Polit Bureau, presided.  Prakash Karat, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M), was present throughout the two-day meeting.


Placing the report, Anil Biswas said that organisation could not be augmented without enhancing the level of political-ideological consciousness.  The task has become imperative what with anti-Communist propaganda perhaps touching a nadir across the world under the aegis of the forces of imperialism and capitalism. 


The state committee meeting has identified the principal sources of the errors and deviations starting to affect the Party in Bengal, and these are: 


 The report notes, “While there has been improvements brought about in the organisational functioning, the changes are not enough considering the imperatives.”  Lacunae persist in various tiers of the Party’s organisational structure.  To countervail the weaknesses, a quarterly system of check up of the activities of the Party members have been instituted at the level of the committee as well as of the individual.  However, the process of checking up needs to be further strengthened.


Towards this end, a continuous struggle must be carried out against organisational lapses and errors through a proper implementation of the principles of collective leadership, collective organisational work, and ‘criticism-self-criticism.’  The importance of carrying out struggles against immorality and against the unwanted infiltrators of the ranks cannot be overemphasised.


Taking part in the discussion, Prakash Karat said that the frankness of the discussion being exercised in the meeting of the Bengal state committee would be of great assistance in the conduct of the rectification campaign of the CPI(M) at the all-India level.


Karat added to say that the points, which came up for discussion at the meting, would be emphasised in the task of building up of the Party organisation in several states where the Party foundation continued to be weak. It was essential for the Party, said Karat, to ensure that the level of political consciousness of the Party members was made sufficiently high. 


According to Karat, the task of increasing the number of Party whole timers and Party organisers was very important, now more than ever.  Karat affirmed that there was no alternative to the strengthening of the Party by following Leninist principles.


The Party organisational document highlights how over the past two-and-a-half decades in Bengal have witnessed the martyrdom of more than 3500 party workers, the emphatic and tireless struggles waged by the vast majority of the Party’s workers, leaders, and sympathisers.  The document noted also the massive and increasing support of innumerable people in the political struggles that the Party led.


The organisational document also points, at the same time, to the substantial percentage of the poor people who yet remain with such political parties as are intensely inimical of the Left Front.  The document states that to ensure the solidarity of the unity of the toiling masses, especially of the poor and downtrodden, along with carrying out political struggles, a much bigger initiative than is being taken at the present must be mobilised by the Party and the mass organisations.


The organisational document also outlined a brief summary of the tasks that must be fulfilled in the task of strengthening the Party’s organisational base.



The state committee meeting adopted at the end of two days the following programme of tasks for strengthening of the Party organisation: