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Mainstream Weekly, VOL LVI No 18 New Delhi April 21, 2018

Party Congresses of CPI-ML, CPI-M, CPI

Sunday 22 April 2018

COMMENTARY

The Left parties are currently holding or have already held their Party Congresses.

The CPI-ML (Liberation)’s 10th Congress at Mansa (Punjab) on March 28, 2018 heard party General Secretary Dipan Bhattacharya declaring:

...it (the BJP) is bent upon reshaping India in accordance with the Hindu supremacist blueprint of the RSS even as the latter marches towards its centenary in 2025.... This design must be defeated. The disaster must be prevented. And it is to this pressing challenge and urgent task of the hour that we are dedicating this Tenth Congress of the CPI-ML.

The Congress adopted a resolution on the national political situation that read inter alia:

Revolutionary Communists must devise a strategy of effective intervention in the electoral arena to challenge and defeat the fascist forces wherever possible. Beyond the scope of where the Left forces can and must contest directly, the Left should make a distinction between the fascists and non-fascist forces within the non-Left camp and work for the defeat of the fascist forces...

The 22nd CPI-M Congress is at present underway in Hyderabad where the party General Secretary, Sitaram Yechury, and his predecessor, Prakash Karat, have presented two resolutions on the prevailing political situation. The Yechury draft calls for the broadest possible understanding among all secular democratic forces against the BJP dispensation at the Centre with the objective of dislodging it from power. The Karat draft emphasises on Left unity as the pivot of the struggle against the ruling BJP minimising the importance of the other secular democratic parties outside the Left fold (particularly the Congress) in this struggle.

The CPI will hold its 23rd Congress at Kollam (Kerala) next week. The outcomes of both these Congresses will impact on the national situation.

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