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The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met in New
Delhi from November 13 to 16, 2015. It has issued the following statement:

Bihar Elections
The people of Bihar have given a resounding defeat to the BJP alliance in the assembly elections. They have rejected the rank communal campaign conducted by the BJP, led by the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo with divisive issues including prescribing eating habits of the people and the bogey of reservations for minorities etc.This Bihar verdict should strengthen the fight against the rightwing communal forces all over the country.The campaign by the United Left bloc including the CPI(M), CPI and CPI(ML)-Liberation was well received by the people of Bihar.  The CPI(ML) won three seats.

Kerala Panchayat Elections
The verdict of the people in the elections to the local bodies in Kerala is
a rejection of the UDF government?s anti-people record and corruption. The
people have also rebuffed the communal politics of the BJP and its efforts
to rally leaders of caste-based organisations.The Central Committee congratulated the people of Kerala for reposing such faith in the LDF. The LDF campaigned unitedly and directly took up issues with the people.

Punjab Developments

The Central Committee expressed serious concern over the ominous political
developments taking place in Punjab, which are gravely disrupting peace and
communal harmony in the state. The failure of Badal Government in capturing
the culprits responsible for the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib and
its inept handling of mass protests leading to the death of two Sikh youth
in police firing, is providing ammunition to Sikh fundamentalists and
pro-Khalisthani elements.

Economic Situation

PM Modi has unilaterally announced measures to further facilitate the loot
of Indian resources and markets by vastly enhancing the access of foreign
capital into India. All these decisions have been taken on the eve of the
winter session of the Parliament.  Worse they have been taken even without
the Cabinet approval.  This is a complete travesty of our system of
parliamentary democracy. PM Modi made these announcements with an aim to
appease foreign capital prior to his foreign visits.

Further Economic Burdens on the People

This license to loot for foreign capital comes at a time when the majority
of the Indian people continue to groan under newer economic burdens. Price
rise of essential commodities continues unabated. The prices of ?dal?, an
essential source of protein nutrition for the vast majority of the Indian
people, have risen beyond their reach. The prices of all other essential
commodities continue to rise.The agrarian distress is deepening. The announced MSP increases are so meagre that they do not even cover the production costs. This is
accelerating the distress suicides of our farmers.The latest data shows that compared to a 6.4 per cent growth rate last month
the index of industrial production has now fallen to 3.6 per cent.
Consequently, the growth rate of the manufacturing sector, the main
generator of jobs, has fallen from 6.9 per cent to 2.6 per cent. Appeasing
foreign capital under these conditions cannot translate automatically into
GDP growth. This is because the purchasing power in the hands of the Indian
people is sharply declining, leading to the contraction of domestic demand.

The staple daal roti has gone beyond the reach of the common people. On top
of this, petrol and diesel prices have been hiked once again.  Various
railway charges are increased.  A cess for `Swach Bharat?  has been imposed.

In this background whatever little relief that was being provided to the
Indian people through schemes like the Rural Employment Guarantee are also
being drastically cut.

Growing Communalisation And Intellectuals? Protest

All across India, communal tensions are being sharply escalated by the
RSS/BJP outfits.  Particularly in the run up to the Bihar elections, such
tensions were intensified.

Given the patronage by the BJP Central and state governments and the refusal
by PM Modi to take any action, various outfits of the RSS are being
emboldened by the day to mount such attacks that seek to undermine the
secular democratic foundations of our country and create widespread
insecurity amongst the religious minorities.

Protests by Intellectuals

The growing intolerance and the spread of hatred across the country has led,
amongst other violent attacks, to the murders of rationalist thinkers. A
large number of award winning litt?rateurs have returned their Sahitya
Academy and other recognition of excellence awards to the government in
protest.

They have been joined by internationally reputed historians, film and
theatre personalities. Hundreds of Indian scientists of international repute
have joined this form of protest. Such action by Indian intellectuals,
scientists and creative artists strengthens the resolve of all Indians who
cherish the secular democratic foundations of our Republic to defend our
country and people?s unity.

Left Parties Call

The six Left parties, CPI(M), CPI, CPI(ML)-Liberation, AIFB, RSP & SUCI (C)
have given a call to launch a nationwide campaign against the communal hate
offensive spearheaded by the RSS and patronized by this BJP led government,
from 1st to 6th December, 2015.

The Central Committee called upon all Party units to organise protests all
over the country.

Paris Attacks

The Central Committee of the CPI(M) strongly condemned the terror attacks
in Paris.  These recent spate of terror attacks in Baghdad, Beirut and now
Paris clearly indicate the mushrooming of such terrorist groups as a counter
to US/NATO military operations in Syria and military interventions elsewhere
in West Asia.

The Central Committee of the CPI(M) deeply mourns the death of innocent
people in these terror attacks and condemns such barbaric terror.

Myanmar

The Central Committee congratulated the National League for Democracy (NLD)
led by Aung San Su Kyi for winning a record three-fourths of the seats in
the elections in Myanmar. This emphatic expression for the restoration of
democracy in Myanmar is indeed historic for the people of that country and
will have an impact in the region.

Nepal

The Central Committee congratulated the people of Nepal for the adoption of
the secular Republican constitution. K.P Oli of the CPN(UML) was elected
Prime Minister and  Bidhya Devi Bhandari also of the CPN(UML) elected
President.

The opposition to this Constitution by certain Madhesi groups, supported by
Indian Hindutva organisations is resulting in violent protests in some parts
of this area. The virtual blockading of the border between India and Nepal
in many border points by the BJP central government is having a crippling
effect on Nepal. Consequently, anti-India sentiments have sharply escalated
in Nepal.  The Central Committee demands that the Indian Government must
immediately restore the movement of goods and supplies to Nepal.

Bangladesh

The Central Committee expressed serious concern at the growing
fundamentalist attacks in Bangladesh. There are contesting reports. On the
one hand the activity of the ISIS is reportedly growing and on the other the
Awami League government alleges that the rival opposition BNP and its
Islamic fundamentalist allies are whipping up such attacks as a part of
their agenda to destablise the present government.

These developments however have a very strong impact on the neighbouring
states in India particularly West Bengal and Assam.

The Central Committee finalized the Draft Report on Organisation to be sent
to all State Committees. The Central Committee will meet on December 26 and
finalise the report to be presented to the Plenum beginning December 27,
2015 at Kolkata.

Massive preparations through state wide jathas and mass contact programmes
are underway in West Bengal to make this plenum a big success.

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