THE first sentence of the new finance minister's budget speech was "The people of India have decisively voted for change…" However the first opportunity presented to the new government to signal the beginning of the expected that they promised did not happen. When the Left parties had said that as far as economic policies are concerned the Congress and the BJP are two sides of the same coin, both parties had dismissed this critique as Left propaganda. But the first budget of the Modi Sarkar substantiates the Left critique in no uncertain terms.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on July 12
THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the Israeli attack on Gaza. For the past five days, Gaza has been subjected to bombardment from the air and the sea, which is double the intensity of the genocidal attacks it had carried out in 2012. More than a 120 people have been killed including many children as the missiles have targeted residential areas.
AS we go to press, parliamentary proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were disrupted for the day over the issue of a short duration discussion on the Israeli armed attacks on the Palestinian Gaza strip. The revised list of business for the Rajya Sabha for July 16, 2014 was circulated in a printed form, as is the practice, before the proceedings for the day began. This listed a short duration discussion on this issue soon after the question hour that ends at 12 noon.
The All India Kisan Sabha and All India Agricultural Workers Union has in a statement issued on July 14 jointly demanded the Narendra Modi government to immediately withdraw the decision effecting transfer of tribal villages of Khammam district in Telangana to the state of Andhra Pradesh for Polavaram Dam Project. This will adversely affect the rights and livelihood of nearly three lakh tribal people in the region.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement on July 17, 2014.
WITH the ongoing attack on Gaza which has led to the death of 220 Palestinians including 40 children, it was expected that the Modi government would condemn the Israeli aggression and demand a halt to the attack. Instead of this, the government has adopted a dubious stand which condones the unjustified Israeli aggression.
AT the call of the CPI(M) Odisha state committee, demonstration and dharna programmes against the Railway Budget were held before different railway stations of Odisha on July 9, 2014. Suresh Panigrahy, state secretariat member of the Party, Sala Marandi, president of Odisha Adivasi Adhikar Manch, Sarat Das, SFI state secretary led the demonstration.
At Cuttack, the demonstration was led by Rabinarayan Mallick, secretary Cuttack district committee of CPI(M), Pratap Mohapatro, Cuttack local committee secretary, Nirmal Das and others.
THE 25th Martyrdom day of Comrade Arun Deb was observed throughout the state of Tripura. On this very day in 1990 during the reign of semi fascist terror in the state under the Congress-TUJS government, a member of the SFI Tripura state committee and a reporter of Desher Katha, Comrade Arun was butchered by the Congress goons at a polling booth at Ishanpur of Sadar north. Comrade Arun was serving as the polling agent of the CPI(M) candidate in the general election of the TTAADC.
VETERAN CPI(M) leader, freedom fighter and trade union leader Comrade Alluru Satyanarayana passed away in Hyderabad on 04th July. He was 86 years old and is survived by his wife Alluru Manmohani (Ammaji), a prominent AIDWA leader and three daughters. His body was brought to Party state headquarters M B Bhavan and kept for two hours when scores of activists came and paid their homage to the departed leader. CPI(M) Polit Bureau member B V Raghavulu placed the Red flag on the body and paid his homage.
THE All India Kisan Sabha dips its red flag in honour of the legendary revolutionary Comrade P K Chandranandan who passed away on July 2, 2014 at Alappuzha, Kerala. He passed away after a heart attack following a brief illness. We express our grief and heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family and all his fellow comrades.
THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions in a statement issued on July 4 has denounced the move by the BJP government in Rajasthan to dilute and scrap the “right based provisions for employment” under Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) as reported by the press. The move initiated by the chief minister of Rajasthan to propose various changes in the MNREG Act and the various propositions made thereon are basically designed to strip MNREGA of the legal guarantee for employment and convert the right based Act into a scheme.