(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 02, 200
Parties to Contest Byelections
THE Communist Party of
The ruling DMK will be contesting these elections with the Congress as its ally, though the seat sharing arrangement is yet to be announced (as on July 25). The main opposition party, AIADMK, decided to boycott the by-elections. Its general secretary Jayalalithaa announced this decision after the meeting of her party's secretariat last week.
In this situation, the
Tamilnadu state committee of the CPI(M) met at Trichy on July 24.
the CPI's state council also met at Trichy on the same day.
Both the Left parties
discussed in detail about the political situation in the state and
jointly field their candidates to contest in the by - elections.
Emerging from these
The AIADMK had cited
vulgar display of money power to 'buy' votes, gross misuse of official
machinery and resort to violence by deploying anti social elements, all
indulged in by the ruling party to ensure victory in the just concluded
Sabha polls, as the reason for its decision to boycott the
CPI(M) and CPI, while concurring that these malpractices are a matter
concern, underlined the need to resist and defeat such undemocratic
by mobilising the masses. This calls for fighting the elections
boycotting the polls is not the way ahead. The two leaders hoped that
AIADMK would reconsider its decision to boycott the polls.
Besides the state
secretaries of the CPI(M) and CPI, R Nallakannu of CPI and G
CPI(M) also attended the press conference.
In a joint statement
released on the occasion the two parties stated that ever since the
the Congress led coalition to power after the Lok Sabha elections, both
Congress led UPA government and DMK led Tamilnadu state government are
vigorously the anti-people policies instead of addressing the basic
confronting the people.
Hiking of petrol and
diesel prices, failure in tackling the menacing price rise of all
goods including rice, dal, oil etc., are playing havoc with the lives
people. The state government has not taken any meaningful measure to
situation and provide relief to the people.
On the other side, the DMK government is not prepared to stop the loot of money by the private self - financing educational institutions. At all levels of the state administration, corruption is the order of the day. Indiscriminate mining of sand from river beds for private profit, increasing numbers of daylight murders and decoities, deteriorating law and order situation are all matters of serious concern. With the deficient monsoon, the acute shortage of drinking water is affecting many towns and villages. Working class is struggling hard for its livelihood and for safeguarding their basic democratic rights. Employers - both local and foreign MNCs - are trampling under foot the trade union laws. The DMK government is not only refusing to address these issues, but, it is trying to crush the struggles and movements of the working class people.
In this background,
the Left parties are striving to resist the undemocratic measures and
anti-people policies of the central and state governments. They are
to carry on this fight politically in the electoral battle as well. It
this backdrop, the CPI(M) and CPI have decided to contest the
appealed to all the people of Tamilnadu to extend support to their
The CPI(M) state secretary
K Rajappan is a long time
full-timer of the party. He is a state committee member and Theni
secretary of the CPI(M).
Comrade V.Perumal is also a
dedicated full timer of the party and now working as general secretary
Engineering Workers Federation in
CPI state council announced
Comrade Dhanalakshmi for Sri Vaikundam Assembly constituency. She is
Thoothukudi district committee member of CPI.