P.B. Communiqué

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Press Communiqué

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) which met in New Delhi from December 21 to 23, 2014 has issued the following statement:

Stop RSS Gameplan

With the Narendra Modi government in office, the Hindutva agenda is being implemented in various spheres. One of them is the reconversion drive aimed at bringing Muslims and Christians ‘back’ to the Hindu fold. The communal aim of this so-called “ghar vapsi” has been spelt out by the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat himself. Plans for such reconversion events have been announced for Christmas day.

Despite repeated demands in parliament, the Prime Minister has refused to spell out the stand of the government on this issue. Further, it is clear that the BJP state governments such as in Gujarat are backing these activities.

The CPI(M) demands that such reconversion based on false assurances and inducements and with State patronage be prohibited with immediate effect. Action should be taken under the relevant provisions of the law against those who are organizing such activities which are disruptive of communal harmony and creating communal tensions. The U.P. government has already registered cases and taken action against the organisers of the Agra “reconversion”. This must be done by other state governments too.

Protest Against Privatisation of Coal Mines

The Polit Bureau strongly opposed the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill which has been passed by the Lok Sabha and awaits clearance by the Rajya Sabha. The Bill will pave the way for private commercial mining in the coal sector apart from spelling out the method of allocation of coal blocks with captive mining.

The provisions in the Bill if adopted will reverse the nationalization of the coal industry in 1971. The Modi government is taking this step to facilitate the profiteering and the loot of this precious national resource by the big capital.

The Polit Bureau calls for a strong resistance to this measure. The CPI(M) extends its full support to the five day strike call given by all the coal workers’ unions from January 6 to 10, 2015.

Saradha Scam

The Polit Bureau noted that the involvement of the Trinamul Congress leadership and ministers in the Saradha chit fund scandal has been emerging in the course of the investigations being conducted by the CBI. The Polit Bureau condemned the efforts of the Chief Minister and the Trinamul Congress ministry to scuttle the investigation.

It is essential that the CBI make a full and comprehensive investigation. There should be coordination between the various investigation agencies under the central government like the SEBI, SFIO, CBI and ED. All the evidence points to the involvement of the highest level in the state government in West Bengal which should lead to the interrogation of the Chief Minister herself by the CBI.

Kerala Bribery Case

An FIR has been lodged against Finance Minister, K.M. Mani by the vigilance department in the bar bribery case. Yet the minister has not resigned and the Chief Minister and the UDF are sheltering him. The Polit Bureau reiterated the demand that KM Mani should resign forthwith from the state cabinet. The charges leveled on some other ministers and leaders for taking bribes from the bar owners should also be fully probed and action taken.

Party Congress Documents

The Polit Bureau finalised the draft Review Report on the Political-tactical Line and the Draft Political Resolution for the 21st Congress. These will be presented to the Central Committee in January for discussion and adoption.