THE CPI (M) Punjab state committee vowed to continue its struggle against the anti-people policies being pursued by the state as well as the central government, after reviewing the prevailing situation at its meeting at the Party headquarters in Chandigarh from August 12 -14.

The state committee has come to the conclusion that the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP coalition government, led by Parkash Singh Badal, is continuing on its anti-people path with added cruelty. The state government has passed the draconian Punjab Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property Bill-2014, which scuttles the fundamental rights guaranteed to the people under Article 19 of the Constitution. The state budget for 2014-15 is totally ad-hoc and anti-people.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has precipitated the issue of formation of a separate Gurdwara committee in Haryana to divert the attention of the people from the misdeeds and anti-people policies of the Akali-BJP government in the state, CPI (M) state secretary Charan Singh Virdi said in a press statement.

All sections of people are fed up with the policies of the government. The government employees, peasants, unemployed youth, trained teachers, agriculture workers, anganwadi workers and transport workers are agitating for settlement of their demands.

The state committee has concretised the campaign and struggle programmes for various calls given by the CPI (M) Central Committee. Party Polit Bureau member S Ramachandran Pillai and Central Secretariat member Nilotpal Basu presented reports on international and national situation and other decisions of the Central Committee.

It has been decided that struggles would be carried out across the state against the central government’s decision to introduce FDI in railways, insurance, defence production and against disinvestment of public sector undertakings.

The state committee has also decided to launch a struggle against dilution of labour laws by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. The Party will also take up political and ideological campaigns against the offensive of the Hindutva forces and all forms of communalism and the efforts to communalise the education system. The Party will make efforts to rally all democratic and secular forces against the Hindutva forces and communal forces of all other hues. It will launch struggles against price rise of essential commodities, and demand universalisation of the public distribution system (PDS) and a curb on futures trading in food items and essential commodities.

The state committee has called upon its various units to spare no effort for making success the state level joint programme of four Left parties against the draconian law passed by the Punjab assembly and in support of other burning demands of the people. All the units have been directed to hold joint protests all over Punjab from September 2-5.

The state committee passed a resolution condemning Israel for its attack on Gaza in which 1,300 innocent people including women and children have died so far. The committee noted with concern the departure of the NDA government from established pro-Palestine Indian foreign policy. It appealed to all democratic and peace loving forces to support the Palestinian cause.

The state committee has decided to hold the state conference from January 23-25, 2015 in the run up to the 21st Party Congress to be held at Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) in April.