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CPI(M) Party Congress in Hyderabad calls for unification of secular forces

CPI(M) Party Congress in Hyderabad calls for unification of secular forces

CPI (M) general secretary Mr Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said the unity of the Left and democratic forces was the only answer to the BJP as it is presiding over a period which is grievously threatening the integrity of the country's social fabric.

It is shameful to see rape being used as a weapon for communal polarisation.

The CPM General Secretary pointed out that the Left alone is capable of coming up with a policy alternative.

He exuded confidence that the party conclave will give will give a new direction to strengthen its independent activities, to intensify people's struggles, to strengthen unity of Left forces and to boost the unity of the Left and democratic forces.

The dehumanisation of our society is seen in the chilling incidents of rape in Kathua and Unnao recently. A large chunk of them concern whether or not to join hands with "all secular, democratic forces", implying the Congress too, to form an anti-BJP platform, they said.

He referred to attacks on Left workers, and alleged it was the principal target of communal forces because it championed the cause of the people.

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CPI General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy launched a strident attack on the Modi government.

A Maharashtra leader, Uday Navelkar, has said, if there is a vote, let it be by secret ballot.

He told the delegates gathered from across the country that the assault of neo-liberal economic policies had assumed unprecedented dimensions. Political parties were free to draw their electoral tactics when elections were due, but launching mass resistance to fascistic policies could not be delayed any more.

Yechury identified four challenges which he said need to be confronted with urgency and reversed.

With the next general elections just a year away, the Party Congress assumes added significance as any decision taken here will form the basis of the political line underscoring the CPM's strategy to better its performance from the nine Lok Sabha seats it won in 2014. Politburo member Manik Sarkar, who was Tripura Chief Minister till February, is known to oppose any ties with the Congress.

The draft resolution, however, states that the Congress represents the interests of the bourgeoisie and landlords and "the- refore, we can not have a tactical line which treats them as allies or partners in a united front". In the central committee meet held in January, Yechury's line was defeated by a vote of 31 versus 55, with the committee adopting the draft resolution backed by Karat that ruled out any understanding with the Congress whatsoever. CPI (ML)- Liberation General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, All India Forward Block (AIFB) Central Committee Secretary GR Shivashankar, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) Central Secretariat of National Committee member Manoj Bhattacharya, and Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist (SUCI-C) politburo member Asit Bhattacharyya, also addressed the inaugural session of the party congress.


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