IN a statement issued on December 15 expressing pain and sorrow over the brutal killing of civilians by security forces at Kharpora Sirnoo village of Pulwama district, CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said for the BJP, Kashmir is expendable for its narrow electoral interests.
A STATE level convention on the issues of the dalits was held at Shimla on December 8, by the Himachal Dalit Shoshan Mukti Sabha (HDSMS). The convention was inaugurated by Subhashini Ali, vice president of the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch. Rakesh Singha, MLA, Onkar Shad, CPI(M) state secretary and Vikram Singh also spoke in the convention.
THE ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is anti-federal in practice and in theory and ideology, accused Thomas Isaac, finance minister of Kerala and a member of CPI(M) Central Committee. The Modi government has been systematically destroying the federal structure of India, Isaac said. He addressed a seminar at Vijayawada on December 14, on “BJP rule and centre-state relations” in connection with the 104th birth anniversary of Comrade Makineni Basavapunnaiah, one of the founding leaders of CPI(M).
A JOINT delegation has submitted a memorandum to the chief electoral officer of the Haryana Election Commission on December 18, demanding thorough inquiry into the holding of corporation elections. The memorandum gave details of mismanagement, irregularities, bogus polling, suspicious interlinking of two EVMs and partisan roll of the returning officer towards the ruling party candidate.
ON December 3, 2018, Bajrang Dal activists mobilised supporters from neighbouring areas to congregate in village Marwah, Bulandshahar district where pieces of cow meat were prominently displayed in a field. The owner of the field and others in his village had informed the police and were in the process of giving the meat a quiet burial when a gang led by Yogesh Raj, district convenor of the Bajrang Dal, arrived and loaded the remains onto a tractor trolley. The Inspector of Sayana PS., Subodh Singh Rathore tried to reason with them but the frenzied mob insisted on driving to the main Bula
DECEMBER 6, this year, marks the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Keeping the current situation in context, CPI(M), CPI, CPI(ML) Liberation, Forward Bloc, RSP had organised a march in Delhi raising slogans in defence of constitution. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury along with Polit Bureau members Prakash Karat, Tapan Sen, Brinda Karat, Hannan Mollah also participated in the rally.
CPI(M) and the Left parties held a campaign against communalism in West Bengal to thwart the designs of communal forces, particularly of the RSS. RSS-BJP had proposed to hold rathyatras in the state, scheduled to be inaugurated by Amit Shah. Left parties have resolutely declared to resist attempts to communalise the atmosphere. Numerous street corner meetings, public meetings and rallies were organised throughout the state, particularly on and around December 6.
A DAY after the CPI(M) Gujarat state committee meeting on December 8, a Party state workshop was held in Ahmedabad on December 9 to give a boost to mass front work in the state. It was attended by 67 state office-bearers and other main activists working on the trade union, kisan, women, youth, student and lawyers’ fronts from 14 of the 16 districts where the Party exists. It was the first time that such a workshop was being held in Gujarat.
THE Supreme Court, on October 31, issued an interim order benefitting lakhs of workers in the unorganised sector in Delhi. As per the order, effective from November 1, 2018, the minimum wage of unskilled workers in Delhi is set at Rs 14,000 per month, a jump of 40 per cent, subject to final judgement.