CPI-M begins three-day central committee meeting


New Delhi : A three-day meeting of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) central committee began here Wednesday with a key agenda being rooting out corruption within the party ranks.

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“The rectification campaign report and finalising the venue and date for the extended central committee meeting are the two important agenda points,” said a party official.

The central committee had approved a report on how to rectify things within the party and sent it for discussion to various levels of the party committees.

It will now discuss the crucial report on how to eliminate corruption in they party and stem the trend of “anti-communism” amongst the cadres, said a party leader.

An extended central committee meeting is slated to be held around August in Visakhapatnam or Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.

The politburo met here Tuesday evening ahead of the central committee meeting.

Senior CPI-M leaders, including general secretary Prakash Karat, M.K. Pandhe, V.S. Achuthanandan, Sitaram Yechury, S. Ramachandran Pillai and Pinarayi Vijayan, are the prominent leaders among those attending.

The May 5-7 New Delhi meeting will also discuss the political situation at the national level and in the party ruled states of Kerala and West Bengal, where elections are due next year.

The coming civic body elections in West Bengal are seen as crucial in the context of the Congress fighting elections separately after severing ties with Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, said a party leader.

The party would also discuss its failed attempt to form a strong platform against the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Left parties had formed an alliance of 13 parties to move a cut motion in the Lok Sabha to demand roll back of petrol, diesel and fertiliser prices.

However, the Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which were part of the alliance, ditched the Left parties at the last moment by walking out of the Lok Sabha when the house took up the cut motion.