(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 19, 2012
New Hopes for Advance
years of incessant
toil in execution of several programmes on popular demands, campaigns,
obedience satyagrahas and various
other forms of protest like rasta roko, gherao,
human chains, demonstrations and hunger strike etc, had had its
the unexpected success the CPI(M) received in
The conference was remarkable in terms of attendance, mass participation, democratic discussions, arrangements and the people’s response to the fund call.
conference venue --- Nanda
Hall --- at
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat and Central Committee member Sukomal Sen attended the conference from the party centre.
The conference opened on January 28 morning with Subodh Mehta, most senior comrade in the state, hoisting the party’s flag, followed by tributes at the martyrs column.
witnessed a colourful
mass rally with festoons, banners and flags, joined by singing and
party supporters from various parts of the state. It started from
Brinda Karat inaugurated the meeting proceedings, tearing asunder the myths of Manmohanomics with its neo-liberal policies and boasts of globalisation while also exposing the hypocrisy of the BJP’s politics. On this occasion, she charged that the BJP and the Congress, do not want the corporate sector and foreign multinational to come under the Lokpal’s scrutiny, as these are the sources of profuse unaccounted money-flows for the two parties. That is why both of them scuttled the proposals to set up an independent investigating agency and the amendments aimed to strengthen the Lokpal bill.
The speaker also questioned the genuineness of Narendra Modi’s sadbhavana campaign and claims of secularism at a time when as many as 21 top police officers are facing charges and even the state’s home minister is behind the bars. She also exposed the reality of the Food Security Bill in detail and attacked the central government for its policies that are causing price rises.
Sukomal Sen urged the audience to strenuously work for success of the proposed February 28 all-India strike.
Reception committee chairman and veteran Sarvodaya leader Sudhir Joshi, its secretary Ramchandran and Subodh Mehta were among those who addressed the mass meeting.
occasion, the 51
member reception committee and the CPI(M) district committee of
A number of Gujarati, Hindi and English papers published in the state reported the open session with five column headlines and first-page news. These included The Times of India, Gujarat Samachar, Akila, Ajkal, Sanj Samachar, Sandesh and Kathiavad Times, to name only a few.
Beginning on January 29, the delegates session, based on 210 elected delegates, had had a presidium consisting of Subodh Mehta, Pragjibhai Bhambhi, Nalini Jadeja, Singjibhai Katara and Batuk Makwana. On behalf of the presidium, Pragjibhai Bhambhi moved a condolence resolution. The elected steering committee was based on Arun Mehta, Kuberbhai Bhambhi, and Naginbhai Patel while Ashok Sompura, Satish Parmar, Dayabhai Jadav and Dinesh Kantariya constituted the credentials committee.
began with the
good news that, though quite delayed, there had come an important
against the real culprits in the murder of young girls who were on a
politico-organisational report presented by CPI(M) state secretary,
castigated the Modi regime’s policies and practices in all spheres of
The report also accused the state police of having been tainted and encouraging aggressive communalism. It is also guilty of serious involvement in the 2002 riots.
anti-rural stance is evident
from the “dark zones” in
The report was passed unanimously after 39 delegates discussed it at length, for four hours.
In regard to
the report noted the advance the CPI(M) has made in the last three
spreading its organisation to new districts like Amreli,
The success of the safai kamdars’ struggles in smashing the contract system at Bhavnagar has drawn the attention of the entire lot attached to municipal bodies. However, there has been a severe setback on the students front.
Work on the kisan front has been revived after the Upleta state conference of the Kisan Sabha.
Weaknesses in ideological work as well as in organisation (branch functioning, regular collection of levy, economic hardships of state centre etc) persist. These need to be addressed in the coming period. However, mass organisations have been regularly holding their conferences.
Response to the party fund call before this conference evoked encouraging response.
The state party organ, Sarfarosh Chintan, has been coming out regularly during the last five years, with an increase in paid subscriptions. It is being favourably received and read outside party circles; its special issues have proved more attractive. But other agit-prop activity remains quite week.
Active functioning of the district committee members, with fixed responsibility of each, remains to be achieved.
There has not been much success in electoral terms. Weaknesses in combating the state power and the deeply entrenched backward social customs persist.
Despite all this, CPI(M) workers are facing the situation and fighting with tenacity, which arouses hopes for advance.
The conference elected a new state committee of 30 members, including two vacancies. In its turn, the new state committee re-elected Arun Mehta as the state secretary, and seven other state secretariat members.
The conference also elected six delegates and two alternate delegates for the 20th party congress.
The conference resolutions centred, among other things, on issues related to peasantry, workers’ condition in the Modi regime, and women’s lot and gender ratio in Gujarat.
Chorus singing of the Internationale concluded the CPI(M) state conference.