ON June 7, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat released the book Founders of the CPI(M) by handing over a copy to fellow Polit Bureau member K Varadharajan. The release function took place during the second half of the Central Committee meeting in New Delhi on the day. S Ramachandran Pillai was present on the dais.
Below are the edited extracts of CPI(M) leader in Rajya Sabha, Sitaram Yechury’s intervention in the debate on “Motion of Thanks” to the president of India for his address to the joint session of the parliament on June 10, 2014
THROUGH a statement issued from New Delhi on June 8, the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) and Delhi Press Initiative (DPI) castigated the Vasundhara Raje led BJP government of Rajasthan for its total surrender to big business and media monopolies. The state government of the BJP state government have sought, the statement accused, to virtually end the Industrial Disputes Act, Contract Labour Act and the Factories Act, and demolish whatever security has been left for employees.
COMMUNAL MURDER OF MOHSIN SHEIKH
UNDER the pretext of protesting against a claimed Facebook posting insulting the revered historical figure of Maharashtra, Chhatrapati Shivaji, as well as the late Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, criminals belonging to the Hindutva Parivar went on assaulting members of the Muslim community and destroying property in Pune and some other cities of Maharashtra for several days recently.
On June 9, several national level organisations of women sent the following letter to the prime minister, Narendra Modi, demanding 33 percent reservation for women in legislative bodies.
THE address by the president of India to both houses of parliament on June 9, 2014 has stated, in clause 19, the government’s commitment to provide 33 percent reservation to women in parliament and state legislative assemblies.
ON June 5, Vijoo Krishnan, joint secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), attended the meeting of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) at Krishi Bhavan in New Delhi; the meeting was called for formulation of the price policy for rabi crops of 2014-15, to be marke
PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATION WITH FM
ON June 6, the finance minister of the government of India called all the central trade union organisations for a pre-budget consultation. At the meeting, all the central trade union organisations submitted a joint memorandum to the finance minister detailing the burning issues facing the working people of the country; the memorandum also put forward suggestions of the trade unions to address the problems in the process of the budgetary exercise.
IN the wake of the imposition of sanctions against Russia by the West, following Russia’s opposition to Western designs on Ukraine and Western support to the Ukrainian fascists for carrying out those designs, President Putin has embarked on a course that can potentially have far-reaching consequences for the world economy.
CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said that the Polit Bureau and the Central Committee of the Party took the primary responsibility for the failure to expand the independent strength of the Party and for the decline in the mass base of the Party which was reflected in the recent elections.