The new CPM state secretariat was constituted on the opening day of the party’s two-day session of West Bengal State Committee to which newly elected mayor of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation, Ashok Bhattacharya and former party MP Ramchandra Dom were made permanent invitees.
The high-profile meeting was attended by attended by CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechuri, politburo member Prakash Karat and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
Other members of the new state secretariat included Biman Basu, Surya Kanta Misra, Md. Selim, Madan Ghosh, Shyamal Chakraborty, Mridul De, Goutam Deb, Dipak Dasgupta, Nripen Choudhury, Sridip Bhattacharya, Dipak Sarkar, Rabin Deb, Amiya Patra, Sujan Chakraborty and Minati Ghosh.
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State CPM secretary Surya Kanta Mishra, in a press statement said there had been no change in the political balance in the state.
Bouyed by the success of the April 30 strike called by the CPM against the alleged violence by the ruling Trinamool Congress, Mishra said unprecedented terror had been witnessed in the recently conducted civic elections. “Nevertheless, the positive aspect was political protests in many places. The public anger has been reflected in the general strike on April 30. The strike had succeeded with great people’s support,” the statement read.
He also said large scale movements have to be put up to fight the prevailing crisis in the state, in terms of poor payment of crops to farmers, stalemate in rural developmental projects leading to a crisis in employment generation, price hike in general and fuel in particular, lack of industrial development and closure of existing business units.
In consultation with associated comrades in Krishak Front, it had been decided that an organisation of agricultural labourers would be put up as it had been decided in the state conference.