West Bengal: CPM to woo students, clubs to undertake ‘productive work’

Senior CPM leader Gautam Deb also talked about strengthening the party from within by getting rid of anti-party elements.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:October 27, 2016 9:44 am

Looking at ruling Trinamool Congress’ success in tapping youths through clubs across the state, the CPM too is set to follow suit. To connect with students and youths, senior CPM leader and party secretary of North-24 Parganas District Committee, Gautam Deb said leaders have been instructed to contact young members from different clubs and use them in “productive work”.

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“Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had misled youths by paying Rs 2 lakh each to clubs that had never practiced any sporting activity. Instead, the members of such clubs mostly indulge in gambling and drinking. The intention is to use these young people in the party and turn them into goons… Now, the chief minister had announced only Rs 20,000 for each of the students’ unions. But they think it is too less…” Deb told mediapersons.

He added: “We intend to connect with the few youths who are interested in doing something productive for the society. The party intends to use students and youths from different clubs in socially relevant causes.

“As the state is reeling under a severe attack of dengue, which has now become an outbreak, we have been told by authorities of R G Kar Hospital that there was a shortage of blood. Our young members will soon collect 100 bottles of blood for the hospital,” he said.

Deb also talked about strengthening CPM from within by getting rid of anti-party elements.

“We will have to expel members who are harmful to the party… We will also dissolve committees, members of which work for their vested interests,” he said.

One of the main architects of the Congress-Left alliance in this year’s Assembly elections, Deb said there would be no such alliance in the November bypolls for Tamluk and Cooch Behar Lok Sabha and Monteswar Assembly seats.

“The bypolls are a small affair. It does not matter if we form an electoral understanding or not,” he added.

Deb said that beginning next month, the party will undertake several campaigns till January 11, when a huge rally is scheduled to be held.

“We are looking at 1,39,000 people participating in a protest against the misrule of state government. We will go for a head-on collision with the Trinamool if need be,” he added.

Asked if the CPM would invite the Congress to join the programmes, he said: “These are our party programmes. The Congress will join us only in those protests that would be held against the recent communal tensions prevalent in the state.”