(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 20, 2009
CPI(M) Plans Convention on Price Rise & Food Security on Oct 9
THE recent massive victory of the Left Front in the local bodies polls, is viewed not only as an achievement at an all India level, but at the same time, this victory has bestowed a huge responsibility to translate into action the pledges the Left Front had made to the people and honour the verdict. The CPI(M) called upon the newly elected members and office bearers of the three-tier panchayats to conduct the functioning of the panchayat maintaining full transparency, high standard and targeting time bound completion of all works through involving the people and paying due importance to the advices coming forth from the masses. This call was made by the Tripura state committee that met on September 10-11. The Party must adopt a relentless befitting endeavor, political and organisational, to win over the people of the panchayats where CPI(M) and the Left Front had suffered defeat and thus gather new friends behind the Party, it said.
The state committee reviewed the election results of three-tier panchayats, bye-elections to 47 village committee seats under ADC, 3 seats of two nagar panchayats and single seat of Agartala municipal council held on July 20. The Left Front which fought the elections unitedly this time attained 56.89 per cent of the total polled votes. In respect of seats, Left Front scored 81.21 per cent in gram panchayats, 87.63 per cent in panchayat samity and 90.25 per cent in zilla parishad. Women had a bigger participation in this election. 35 per cent of the total seats were won by the women against the reserved 33.33 per cent seats for them. The Left Front had to nominate 87 per cent new candidates mainly due to rotational change of reservation position, the state committee noted.
panchayat election was held in the state in the back drop of formation
UPA II government at the centre and serious debacle faced by the Left
Lok Sabha polls in Kerala and
However, the state committee pointed out some basic organisational lapses. In some places, there was lack of transparency in panchayat functioning, weakness in adopting democratic norms, prevalence of parliamentary vices that reflected in the results. The state committee called upon the Left supported panchayat members to play a responsible opposition in the panchayat where the opposition parties won majority and to build up popular movement if the incumbent takes any anti-people step.
The state committee has adopted a guideline for the members and office bearers functioning in three-tier panchayats and directed the members concerned to strictly adhere to the guidelines so that every gram panchayat and village committee office becomes a dynamic centre of delivering progress ensuring democratic norms and closest relation with the masses.
The state committee expressed concern over the soaring price hike of essential commodities, making public distribution system ineffectual, against the rampant liberalisation policies pursued by the centre, the UPA II government�s disgraceful bow-down to the US imperialism by means of nuclear treaty which bounds the country into a junior partner of US strategic design undermining the sovereignty of the country. The state committee has decided to organise of state a level convention at Agartala on October 9 on price rise and food security.
state committee expressed its gratitude over the joint statement
by the foreign ministers of
The state committee also decided to observe a year-long birth centenary of legendary communist leaders Comrade E M S Namboodiripad this year and Comrade Nripen Chakraborty from January next year.
At the outset, the state committee condoled the demise of West Bengal state secretariat member of the Party and minister, Comrade Subhas Chakraborty and Comrade Charan Debbarma, Comrade Hiren Barman, Comrade Manilal Singh, Comrade Renundra Reang � all divisional committee members of Sadar(East), Bishalgarh, Kailashahar and Kanchanpur district committees respectively and ex women�s leader of the employees movement Comrade Anjali Sarkar.