The Communist Party of India (Marxist) will launch a nationwide campaign to end the violence against supporters of the Left parties and defend democracy in West Bengal from July 1 to 7.
The decision was taken at the two-day meeting of the Central committee of the party, which concluded here on Sunday. The committee also decided to mobilise all democratic forces and public opinion against violence and terror unleashed against the CPI(M) and the Left in West Bengal. It called on all its party units to collect funds to support families of those killed, injured and displaced in the attacks.
Earlier, CPI (M) Parliamentary Party leader Sitaram Yechury released a 24-page booklet brought out by the CPI(M) highlighting the attacks, before and after the recent elections, which claimed 400 lives.
He said the attacks would have serious implications for democracy itself in India. They were taken up systematically to demobilise the CPI(M) cadre and shake the secular-democratic foundation.
Mr. Yechury also said the CPI(M) supporters faced similar violence when the Congress was in power in West Bengal during 1970-72. The reign of violence culminated in the imposition of Emergency throughout the country.
He warned that all democratic groups would come under attack if the violence was not checked immediately.
He released a book titled People’s Marx – an abridged version of three volumes of Marx’s ‘Capital’ published by the Prajashakti Book House. Marx’s Capital was more relevant now in the background of global economic crisis, he said. Hindu