AT THE end of the two-day state plenum held in Kolkata, CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra on Saturday said that apart from the adoption of the central resolution passed in December last year, the party had adopted a resolution to continue its “andolan” to preserve democracy in the state. He said that the structure of the party organization and how to strengthen it was discussed at length.
“There are members who have been ineffective in the party. Party members who are unable to work or have not been performing upto the expected standards will be let go. I had anyway announced yesterday that by 2018, we will make sure that the average age of the CPM party worker is below 31 years of age,’’said Mishra.
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He further clarified that according to the party resolution, no electoral understanding will be continued with the Congress. “But we will fight on different issues together, as with all other like-minded people. The main aim of this andolan with Congress is not that of garnering votes. The fight comes first. We will create a mass movement with Congress first, and then think about elections. An electoral understanding in the future, as of now, is out of the question,’’ he said.
In his press meet on Friday, Mishra had announced that the CPM was aiming to increase the number of woman members and woman leaders to at least 25 per cent. The party is to also lay emphasis on youth membership.
On Saturday, he said that certain organizational needs – such as emphasis on study circles within the party and its members – will be met.
“This will be done so that our understanding of our own ideology and self-confidence is strong when we go to the people,’’ he said, adding that members from district and zonal committees were instructed to “go to the people and keep on going back” till a connection was established. “We need to learn from the people as well. We need to learn what they want,’’ he said.
Mishra said that the party has instituted a system by which they will review committees and their need periodically, based on their performance. “There will be annual reviews, but we will also review on a quarterly and bi-annual basis. Some committees will even be reviewed on a monthly basis,’’ he said.