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CPI(M) Opposes ECI's Unilateral Decision on Postal Ballots

CPI(M) general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, wrote a letter to the chief election commissioner, Sunil Arora on June 29, objecting to the unilateral measures being taken by the Election Commission, altering electoral procedures, without consulting political parties.

Yechury wrote, “We are greatly disturbed by the media reports that the Election Commission of India (ECI) bypassing the established practice of consulting political parties, is unilaterally initiating measures to provide voters aged over 64 years, the use of postal ballots.”

Release Opposition Leaders & Human Rights Activists

Leaders of eight political parties – CPI(M), CPI, CPI(ML), AIFB, RSP, LJD, RJD and VCK – in a letter addressed to the president of India on May 11, demanded the immediate release of opposition leaders and human rights activists and called for an end to a politics of vendetta against protesters and political dissenters. They expressed concern and condemnation at the spate of arrests of students and activists under the draconian UAPA during the time when the country and people are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Return Migrant Workers to their Homes

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, on April 26, wrote to Prime minister Narendra Modi on the measures that need to be put in place in order to fight and defeat the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that the sudden and abrupt announcement of the lockdown had left the people and the state governments completely unprepared to meet the grave consequences and suggested 12 measures that are needed to be taken by the government.

‘Unethical to Offload Surplus Food Stock at High Prices during Crisis’

CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat, urged union minister Ram Vilas Paswan to release the 54.3 million tonnes of food grain stock lying with the Food Corporation of India free to the poor through the Public Distribution System (PDS). In a letter written to the food and public distribution minister on April 19, she condemned the government’s move to sell the food grain stock to NGOs for relief work, at high prices during this crisis period.

Act on a War Footing to Fight Covid-19 Pandemic


Below we publish the full text of the letter addressed to the president of India by CPI(M) general secretary, Sitaram Yechury,  on April 6, urging the president to prevail upon the central government to take  action on the measures suggested in the letter to control Covid-19 pandemic.

I AM writing to you, as you are the custodian of the Indian Constitution under whose sanction and authority, the central government functions.

Peace Measures to be Undertaken Urgently

Sitaram Yechury (CPI(M) general secretary), D Raja (CPI general secretary),  T R Baalu, MP (DMK parliamentary party leader), Praful Patel, MP (NCP), Sharad Yadav (Lok Tantrik Janata Dal president), Sanjay Singh, MP (AAP), Prof Manoj Kumar Jha, MP (RJD) had addressed a joint memorandum to the president of India on February 28, on the communal violence in Delhi. Below we publish the text of the memorandum.

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