CPI(M) to hold plenum in Bengal from Sunday after 37 years

NEW DELHI(PTI): CPI(M) will hold its five-day plenum in Kolkata from Sunday after a gap of 37 years to revamp the party organisation and it would be attended by above 400 leaders including its Politburo and central committee members.

Sitaram Yechury

The plenum will begin with the open session at Brigade Parade ground and end on December 31. Elaborating the basic essence of the resolution to be taken up at the plenum, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday said “We have to strengthen ourselves to move towards forging an unity with the democratic forces as an alternative to the current policies being persuaded by the ruling parties like BJP at the Centre and Trinamool Congress in the state.

“That is the objective and for that we have to formulate steps to streamline and strengthen the party organisation.” Stating that the assembly election in Bengal slated for next year is “a very important battle” for CPI-M, he said the plenum would help it meet and overcome the challenges in Bengal.

The plenum is being held at a time when Marxists, who had lost power in the state after 34 years, are trying to revitalise the party organisation in the state. The CPI(M) plenum was last held in West Bengal in 1978 at Salkia in Howrah district.