People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 29, 2004
Party Conferences Start From September 15
conferences of the different units of the Bengal CPI(M) shall commence on and
from September 15. By January 15 of
2005, the district conferences will have been completed.
The 21st state conference of the Bengal CPI(M) shall be held between
February 10 and 13 at Kamarhati in north 24 Parganas. The programme of the conferences of the units of the Bengal
CPI(M) was finalised at the sixteenth session of the state committee that was
presided over by Polit Bureau member of the Party, Biman Basu.
State secretary of the Bengal CPI(M), Anil Biswas who placed the report
of the central committee before the state committee later said that the schedule
of the Party conferences “has been drawn up in the concrete situation
prevailing in Bengal, and according to the Party Constitution and the guidelines
of the central committee.” Biswas
explained the Party conference guidelines at the state committee meeting.
conferences shall have a three-point call.
To strengthen the Party unity
To build up inner-Party struggle for the maintenance of purity of the
To deepen the political contact with the people
the strength of the Bengal CPI(M) standing at 2,66,000, the delegates elected at
the branch conferences shall attend the local committee conferences. The
yardstick for delegation shall be one delegate per two Party members. In the
situation of uneven numbers, an example has been given as the format: there
would be four delegates to the local committee conference where there are seven
Party members in the branch. In the
formation of Party committees at different levels, emphasis would be given to
youth, women, and to members of the toiling masses.
The work of the concerned person shall be evaluated when nominating
him/her to a committee. The
practice of submitting assessment of Party work is already in existence.
three years, Party conferences are held in the Bengal CPI(M) from the branch to
the state level. The conferences focus on political-organisational discussion
and frame the tasks in the days to come. The
elections to the committees are held in a democratic manner and new committees
elected. This kind of inner-Party
democracy is not in existence in other political parties, especially in the
Congress, the BJP, and other bourgeois parties. The conferences are conducted by the Party constitution, and
the guidelines of the central committee; the state committee guidelines take
full cognisance of the concrete situation prevailing in Bengal.
Bengal, the CPI(M) represents the largest political force.
There exists in Bengal a Left Front and a Left Front government.
The Party has to take part in and organise political and social work on a
very large scale over a wide area. The
Party organisation has to shoulder the responsibility of keeping alive the pace
of development of the state. It
bears remembering that the Party is in office in the largest bulk of the
Panchayats and the municipalities. The
political-organisation report shall adequately reflect this aspect.
a statement, the state CPI(M) noted that Party members can express their views
on the international and national situation as shall be contained in the draft
political resolution of the Party Congress to be published two months before the
Congress takes place. In the Party
conferences at various levels, the relevance of the tasks of the organising
movements and struggles and augmenting the Party organisation shall be
discussed. The discussion will also
include the situation in the wake of the fourteenth Lok Sabha elections.
statement of the Party also noted how the last Party conference took cognisance
of creating specific directions in the ongoing development of total literacy,
total health, and self-employment programmes.
that will come up for discussion in this connection include, the progress made,
problems faced, the role of the Party in implementing the LF government’s
policies, the task of creating mass initiatives at various levels, building up
class movements, the progress of campaign movements, as well as the task of
imparting political education.
the conferences, the state Party also noted, each Party member shall have the
right to be elected to and to elect Party leadership.
The political-organisational discussion shall be open. There is no scope in the Party to organise interference from
above. In the bourgeois parties, there is no scope for democracy with nomination
and hegemony playing big roles.
Party encourages review, criticism, and self-criticism so that the Party can
move towards further augmentation of the process of purification with a great
degree of success. The Party
organisation is guided by democratic centralism. Inner-Party democracy is
ensured to implement the process.
state CPI(M) firmly believes that the task of enhancing the level of political
consciousness is a continuous process in the organisation.
If there is a lacuna in the level of political consciousness, the task of
democratic centralism cannot be implemented in the proper manner. The Party
conference shall emphasise all the while the tasks of education and re-education
of Party members.
state committee meeting has issued a call to make a success of the
campaign-movement programme of August 25-31 and the anti-imperialism and
anti-war programmes of September 1. During the Party conferences, the task of
implementing the Party’s campaign-movement and other programmes shall continue
Biswas stated that that the state committee meeting had resolved to include
Shamik Lahiri as a member of the state committee.
Lahiri earlier served as an invitee member of the state committee.