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According to the organisational rules of CPI(M), election is to be held for committees at every level. As per clause 15, the outgoing committee will propose a panel. Any member present can object about any name so proposed and can even propose name or names of candidates with their consent. The proposed panel with additional names will then go for voting by secret ballot. If there is no additional name, then the panel will be accepted by raising hands.

My questions in this background are:

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As per the Constitution and the rules of the Party, "The supreme organ of the Party for the whole country shall be the All-India Party Congress." Functions and powers of the regular Party Congress include "To revise and change the Party Programme and the Party Constitution" and "To determine the Party line on current situation".

The Party is going to call Plenum in Kolkata during the last week of December 2015, obviously to discuss programmes and line of actions to be taken considering the current situation – domestic and global. 

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Q. Countries like China, Vietnam, North Korea, Cuba etc which have already completed people’s democratic revolution are generally equated with the erstwhile Soviet Union and termed as socialist countries. So far as my knowledge goes, it is only the USSR which had completed the socialist revolution and became the only country where there was no class exploitation and social oppression. No other country in the world could achieve this as yet. I think my presumption is correct. If so, is it correct to club all these countries together and term them, even loosely, as socialist countries?

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Q.  Recently, a two-member bench of the Supreme Court asked the government of India what steps it was taking towards formulating a Uniform Civil Code.  Is this not a step in the right direction and what is the CPI(M)’s stand?

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Q. Why is the CPI(M) criticising the Indian government’s stand on the Nepal Constitution? Has there not been injustice done to the Madhesis which is a legitimate concern for India? How the deadlock caused by the agitation by the people in the Terai region would be resolved?

B Sanyal, Varanasi

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Q A Marxist party is supposed to be opposed to religion but in Loklahar's issue in hand (and also in People's Democracy) I have found news reports of "Roza Iftar" organised and 'Eid Celebrated in Sriram Colony'. You had also brought out an issue on "Babri Masjid". But in Dipawali issue, I saw call for class struggle. Is Marxist party's opposition to religion is limited only to Hindu rituals and Brahmanical norms?

                                                                   Bhavesh Marolia

Sadulpur, Rajasthan

 

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