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We’ll work for alternative policies: Karat

Vinay Kumar

“People won’t allow India to become a junior partner of the U.S. as part of its strategic game plan”

— Photo: K. Ananthan

Show of solidarity: CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat with Polit Bureau members (from left) M.K. Pandhe, S. Ramachandran Pillai, Sitaram Yechury, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and Pinarayi Vijayan on the concluding day of the 19th CPI(M) Congress in Coimbatore on Thursday.

Coimbatore: The 19th CPI(M) Congress here has affirmed its determination to continue the struggle against neo-liberal economic policies and work for alternative policies with renewed vigour, party general secretary Prakash Karat said on Thursday.

While reminding the ruling classes of the need to preserve and protect the country’s sovereignty, Mr. Karat said the people would not allow the nation to become a “junior partner” of the United States as part of its strategic game plan.

Another important task, he said, was to build struggles and an all-India movement to create unity among like-minded parties to work for the emergence of a third alternative, which would offer the people policies distinct from the two major political parties.

The party had, all along, fought for the interests of the working classes and the socially oppressed. It would continue to champion their causes and work for uniting the progressive, democratic and secular forces.

A document adopted at the party Congress would be the framework for the three Left front governments in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura to work in a manner so as to fulfil the commitments given to the people.

Mr. Karat said:

“We have also seen a unique phenomenon that people have voted back with greater support our governments in West Bengal and Tripura. It shows that people are looking for new, alternative paths of governance.

“We have to live up to expectations of the people not only from these States but from all over the country who want to see prosperity and justice prevailing and a society free of various kinds of exploitations. We pledge to continue our endeavour to build a united and secular India.”

Polit Bureau members

The party Congress also elected a new 86-member Central Committee, which in turn elected a 15-member Polit Bureau. Veteran CPI(M) leader and former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu will be a special invitee to the Polit Bureau, which includes, besides Mr. Karat, Chief Ministers Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee (West Bengal), V.S. Achuthanandan (Kerala) and Manik Sarkar (Tripura).

The other Polit Bureau members are: S. Ramachandran Pillai, Sitaram Yechury, M.K. Pandhe. Biman Basu, Pinarayi Vijayan, K. Varadarajan, B.V. Raghavulu, Brinda Karat, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Nirupam Sen and Mohd. Amin.

The new members are Mr. Balakrishnan and Mr. Sen, who are Ministers in Kerala and West Bengal.

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