(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 17, 2012
CPI(M) Demands Thorough Probe into Coal Blocks’ Allocation
there should be a
full-fledged enquiry into the irregularities in allocation of
coal blocks as
the clarification issued by the prime minister’s office did
not evoke any
trust, was the demand the CPI(M) general secretary, Prakash
Karat, made on June
11. He was addressing a press conference at the party’s
headquarters, A K
Gopalan Bhavan, in
Apprising the media about the Central Committee decisions, Karat said there would be block level campaigns on the food security issue through the whole month of July and a continuous five-day dharna in front of parliament from July 30 to August 3. The CC has asked all party units to make this programme an eminent success. He also drew attention to the fall in GDP growth, growing trade deficit, excessive fall in the value of the rupee vis-à-vis dollar, high and increasing levels of inflation, continuing double digit food inflation, and the ever worsening all-round crisis of Indian economy. He therefore warned the UPA government against allowing foreign entry into multi-brand retail trade, raising the FDI cap in banking and insurance, and allowing foreign companies to control pension funds, among other things. He said though it is the neo-liberal policies that have pushed us into such a predicament, there are attempts to push the country further along the same disastrous path by claiming that these policies have been inadequately implemented. Karat urged all opposition parties to oppose all such attempts and block these suicidal policies.
Referring to the Kerala situation, the CPI(M) leader drew attention to the systematic disinformation campaign that has been initiated against the CPI(M) since the unfortunate killing of T P Chandrasekhar on May 4. He stressed that the party had, on the day of the murder itself, condemned it in strong terms, and clarified that it did not believe in killing its political opponents. At the behest of the ruling UDF, this anti-CPI(M) disinformation campaign was launched in view of the important byelection in Neyyattinkara (that took place on June 2) and thereby an attempt was made to project the CPI(M) as a band of criminals and murderers. On its part, the CPI(M) had also made its clear that it would take necessary action if at all any party member was found involved in this case.
Karat also pointed how the Kerala Police changed its very course of investigation after the state’s home minister and the union minister of state for home affairs brought pressure upon it. Even after it was duly established that a group of professional killers had perpetrated this murder, attempts are continuing to falsely involve some middle level CPI(M) leaders in legal cases and to forcibly extract confessions from them that they were in one or another way involved in it.
The CPI(M) general secretary also replied to a volley of questions regarding the alleged differences of opinion in the Kerala unit of the party and the letter written by V S Achuthanandhan, CPI(M) Central Committee member and leader of opposition in Kerala assembly. Karat informed that the Central Committee had issued a directive to the Kerala state secretariat and state committee to discuss this issue threadbare and take an appropriate decision within a week. Further, a team of Polit Bureau members would take part in both these meetings; a Polit Bureau meeting would be held immediately thereafter; and, if necessary, a Central Committee meeting would also be called. The Central Committee has called upon its Kerala state unit to unitedly resist the ongoing anti-communist disinformation campaign and go to the people for the purpose. Moreover, the CC has also directed all party leaders in Kerala, including VS, not to go public till the process specified by the CC comes to a decision.
matters, Karat drew attention to growing pro-US slant in
polls, Karat said the Left would decide its stand in
consultations with other secular
opposition parties, but first the UPA must come out with a
name. Replying to a
question regarding whether the Left would adopt a 2007-like
stand, he said the
situation was different at that time as the Left was then
supporting the UPA
from outside. Regarding the demand of respecting the “
On this occasion, the CPI(M) general secretary also apprised the media of the election of a six-member Central Secretariat and a four-member Discipline Commission by the Central Committee.