The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement on May 9, 2014.
THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) welcomes the Supreme Court judgement which has handed over the Saradha chit fund case to the CBI. The Saradha scam had affected 25 lakh depositors in four states. But the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal has been doggedly opposing investigation by the CBI in the matter.
The Left parties – Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party – issued the following statement from New Delhi on May 12, 2014.
THE last phase of elections for 17 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal has been marked by widespread violence, capture of more than a thousand polling booths, polling agents of opposition parties being driven out and physical attacks on people going to vote in various places.
CPI secretary K Narayana had in a press conference on May 14 (Wednesday) charged that CPI(M) Telangana state secretary Thammineni Veerabhadram struck a deal with YSRCP to ensure that he (Narayana) is defeated in Khammam Lok Sabha seat. He said Thammineni similarly ensured the defeat of CPI leader Puvada Nageshwara Rao earlier also in the same seat.
He launched a diatribe against CPI(M) on its choices of supporting YSRCP, TRS, JSP in different regions.
Below is the text of CPI(M)Polit Bureau member B V Raghavulu's reaction to Narayana's charges:
RESPONDING to the call given by Left parties for nationwide protest actions against the widespread violence, terror and rigging in the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal and demanding repoll in all the affected booths, protest demonstrations and dharnas were held in various state capitals and district headquarters across the country on May 14, 2014.
DYFI Tripura state committee and TYF central committee jointly organised massive protest against the brutal attack on Sayandip Mitra, president of DYFI West Bengal state committee and Tapas Sinha, former general secretary of DYFI central committee and CPI(M) candidate from Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency as part of the pre-poll violence of the TMC.
LEFT Front Chairman Biman Basu, in a statement issued on May 16, admitted that this result was not expected. He said, the state administration and police have worked for the ruling party. The ruling party unleashed terror, and the corporate media too unleashed a campaign. Despite that the people and the Left Front activists have courageously fought in the elections.
IN a modest performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Left Democratic Front has doubled its tally in Kerala. The front bagged eight seats while retaining the existing four seats and wresting four seats from UDF. UDF’s tally is 12. The CPI (M) has won 7 seats including two independents while the CPI got one.
THIS year has witnessed a dramatic spurt in terrorist related violence in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous state. The radical Al Qaeda affiliated Islamist group, Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for a series of massacres and bombings that have rocked the city of Maiduguri and other towns in northern Nigeria since the beginning of the year. The group once again attacked the capital Abuja in the second week of April. The terror attack at a busy bust station in a working class suburb of the capital killed at least 75 people.
THE system of engaging contract workers has witnessed a change from bad to worse. In the early days, employers used to employ contract workers mainly in peripheral and low-skill work in their enterprises, though many of these works were of a permanent and continual nature, while operational jobs were generally manned by regular workers.