People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 26, 2006
CENTRAL COMMITTEE APPEAL TO THE ELECTORATE TO ENSURE
Consecutive Win in Bengal
of a LDF Govt in Kerala
Strength in Assam, TN & Pondicherry
to the legislative assemblies of West Bengal, Kerala, Assam, Tamilnadu and
Pondicherry are going to be held in April and May 2006. In these elections, the
people will decide who should form the state governments in these states.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) is playing a leading role in defence of the
interests of the working people. It is in the forefront in the struggle against
communal and divisive forces and the imperialist pressures to undermine our
CPI(M) would like to place before the people of these states our Party’s
understanding of the present political situation in the background of which
these elections are being held.
elections in West Bengal and Kerala have special significance for the CPI(M) as
these two states are the strongest bases for the Communist and Left movement in
the country. In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, these two states returned the
largest number of Left members of parliament which has enabled the CPI(M) and
the Left to play an important role in national politics.
OF CPI(M) AND LEFT
the present national situation, it is essential to strengthen the role of the
Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Left parties. The UPA government at
the centre has to depend on the support of the Left parties as it does not have
a majority on its own in parliament. While extending support to the UPA
government, the CPI(M) and the Left parties have been vigilant in defending the
people’s interests. The record of the last two years have shown how the CPI(M)
and the Left parties have worked. They have supported any step which the UPA
government has taken which has met the commitment the government has made to the
people in the Common Minimum Programme. Because of the intervention of the Left
parties substantial and crucial changes were made to the Rural Employment
Guarantee Act in favour of the people. The CPI(M) has played an important role
in the scrapping of the black law Pota. It has supported the Right to
Left parties are continuously raising the demand that the pro-people measures in
the Common Minimum Programme such as one-third reservation for women in
legislatures and parliament; adoption of legislation for the unorganised sector
workers; provision of adequate credit to farmers; increased expenditure on
education and health etc. be implemented.
the same time, the CPI(M) and the Left have intervened whenever the UPA
government has taken steps which are against the interests of the people and the
economic sovereignty of the country. It is this intervention which prevented the
sale of shares of BHEL, a navaratna company and not allowing more FDI in the insurance,
banking and other vital sectors. The CPI(M) and the Left parties resolutely
opposed the foreign companies entering the retail trade. The CPI(M)’s
intervention was crucial in ensuring important amendments to the Patents law
while continuing our opposition to the unequal and exploitative WTO framework.
The CPI(M) has prevented the passage of the Pension Regulatory Authority Bill
which will privatise pension funds of government employees.
CPI(M) will be vigilant in demanding that the government pursue an independent
foreign policy and oppose the efforts of the United States to make India a
junior partner to serve its strategic interests.
CPI(M) and the Left parties played an important role in fighting the communal
forces and the communal agenda being patronised by the previous BJP-led
government at the centre. The strengthening of the CPI(M) and the Left’s role
in national politics will help to defend the secular values and to counter the
efforts of the communal forces.
CPI(M) is committed to the upliftment of the minority communities and to fulfill
their needs for education, employment and development The CPI(M) defends the
democratic rights of the minorities while opposing minority communalism which is
harmful for their interests.
CPI(M) has resolutely opposed all forms of terrorist violence whether motivated
by sectarian, religious, ethnic or ultra-Left considerations. Scores of cadres
and workers of the CPI(M) have lost their lives due to terrorist violence in
West Bengal, Tripura, Jammu & Kashmir and other places in defence of
national unity and for unity among people belonging to different creeds and
is in this national background that the assembly elections are being held. In
West Bengal, the CPI(M) and the Left Front have established a unique record
which has no parallel both within the country and internationally. From 1977,
the Left Front has won six successive elections with a two-thirds majority every
time. The Left Front government in West Bengal which has existed for 29 years
symbolises the hopes and aspirations of the working people. It is the Left Front
governments which have established the democratic rights of all sections of the
people and created an atmosphere of communal amity. West Bengal under the Left
Front rule is a fortress for the secular forces which has not been breached by
the communal forces.
implementing land reforms, providing security of tenure for the barghadars,
for stimulating agricultural production and generating incomes for the rural
people, West Bengal has shown that there is an alternative path to the current
crisis in the agrarian economy in many parts of the country. Investment in
industries and infrastructure is increasing steadily and West Bengal is once
again becoming one of the industrially advanced states in the country. The rate
of reduction in poverty has been the highest in India and the rate of infant
mortality has also been reduced significantly. For two decades now, West Bengal
has acquired the first position in agricultural production in the country.
Left Front government has worked to see that all sections of the people
including the religious and linguistic minorities get a fair deal in terms of
education, employment and all-round development.
central committee appeals to the people of West Bengal to extend their
wholehearted support to the CPI(M) and the Left Front so that the Left Front is
able to form the government for the seventh successive term.
victory of the Left Front in West Bengal will ensure that the CPI(M) and the
Left’s struggle for strengthening democracy, secularism and alternative
economic policies is carried forward.
Kerala, the CPI(M) and the Left and Democratic Front are contesting the
elections against the Congress-led United Democratic Front. The five years of
UDF rule has been one of unremitting suffering for all sections of the people
whether it be workers in traditional industries, small and medium farmers,
agricultural workers, students, youth and women. The state has been marred by
communal violence and enormous increase in criminal and mafia activities which
has threatened the life and security of the people. The commercialisation of
education has blighted the future of tens of thousands of students and their
families. The UDF state government has abjectly failed to ensure all round
development and has indulged in largescale corruption.
CPI(M) and the LDF have vigorously fought against the anti-people policies of
the UDF government. They have led innumerable struggles in defence of the rights
of the working people, students, youth, women and the adivasi people.
stark contrast to the UDF, the CPI(M) and the Left have been consistent
practitioners of secular politics, giving no encouragement to caste and communal
forces. The impact of imperialist globalisation and the policies of
liberalisation and privatisation have caused havoc to Kerala’s agriculture,
traditional industries and the social sector. Only the CPI(M) and the LDF can
counter such policies. The CPI(M) and the LDF have set out the programme for
ensuring the all-round development of Kerala and social justice to all sections
of the people.
victory of the CPI(M) and the Left and Democratic Front in Kerala will open the
way for a new chapter in Kerala’s economic and social development. The victory
of the CPI(M) and the Left-led forces in both West Bengal and Kerala will be a
major contribution to project the Left and democratic platform all over the
country. The formation of Left-led government will strengthen the struggle for a
more federal set up in the country. In
the present juncture, the central government has been severely limiting the
states financial resources. It is necessary to have state governments which will
be forthright in defending the rights of states and against encroachment on
Tamilnadu, the CPI(M) has been opposing the authoritarian steps of the AIADMK
government and fighting against its anti-working class policies. The AIADMK
government has established a record for suppressing the opposition and
democratic practices in the legislative assembly. It brazenly dismissed over a
lakh of its own employees while unleashing repression on popular movements. The
CPI(M) is cooperating with the DMK-led alliance to defeat the AIADMK and its
allies so that a new government can be formed in the state. It is important that
the CPI(M) and the Left are strengthened in the state assembly so that they can
intervene to ensure that the new government fulfill its commitment to the people
and adopt policies in the interests of the working people. The central committee
appeals to the people of Tamilnadu to extend their support to all the candidates
of the CPI(M) so that the Party can increase its representation in the assembly
central committee appeals to the people of Pondicherry to support the candidates
of the CPI(M) so that the Party can get representation in the assembly to raise
the voice of the working people.
Assam, the Congress state government has failed on all fronts to address the
problems of the people. Assam, a major state in the North East continues to be
plagued by the problems of underdevelopment, unemployment and ethnic discord and
terrorist violence. The CPI(M) is opposed to the Congress for its record of
misrule. It will also fight the BJP which seeks to communalise the politics and
society in Assam instead of dealing with the genuine problems of the people. The
CPI(M) has put up 16 candidates for the assembly elections. It appeals to the
people of Assam to support and vote for the CPI(M) candidates. The strengthening
of the CPI(M) and the Left in Assam is of utmost importance if there has to be a
democratic force advocating all-round development of Assam and the North East.
It is only by strengthening the political platform of the CPI(M) and the Left
that Assam can be lifted out of the morass of ethnic and sectarian divisions.
central committee appeals to the people of West Bengal, Kerala, Assam, Tamilnadu
and Pondicherry to wholeheartedly support the CPI(M), the Left parties and its
allies in the forthcoming assembly elections.
US GO FORWARD:
the formation of the Seventh Left Front Government in West Bengal
the victory of the CPI(M) and the LDF and the formation of a LDF government
increasing the representation of the CPI(M) in the Assam, Tamilnadu and