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BJP slams Trinamool, CPI-M over deferment of chit fund discussion
March 04, 2015 11:05 AM
The BJP on Tuesday accused the Trinamool Congress of having a tacit understanding with the CPI-M after a discussion on chit funds in the West Bengal assembly that was to take place on Wednesday was deferred till the next session. "Chit funds came into existence under the CPI-M led Left Front and flourished under the Trinamool Congress. So if the discussion would have taken place, the muck of the chit funds would have splashed both the CPI-M and the Trinamool," state BJP president Rahul Sinha said. "That is why both the parties, owing to their understanding, agreed to defer the discussion. The moment the chief minister (Mamata Banerjee) proposed the deferment, the CPI-M were quick to latch on to it. This reflects how much discomfort the discussion would have brought to both the parties," Sinha said. The decision to defer the discussion was taken at a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the house in the presence of Banerjee. Source: IANS
Modi seeks opposition cooperation
March 03, 2015 04:44 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought cooperation of the opposition saying his government does not claim to know everything just because they are sitting in the treasury benches. "We do not feel that just because we are in the treasury benches, we know it all. Everyone has to work together," Modi said in the Rajya Sabha. Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the president's speech in the upper house, he said: "In a democracy, threats do not work. This nation did not bend during the emergency also." The prime minister took on the opposition over its claims that most schemes being run by the NDA government were re-packaged. "It has been said that the schemes are old. There is nothing new. Whether the schemes are new or old is not the issue. The issue is that the problems are old. We should look for solutions to these problems." Source: IANS
Uproar in Rajya Sabha
March 03, 2015 01:50 PM
The Rajya Sabha witnessed an uproar on Tuesday over the introduction of certain bills in the Lok Sabha which are identical to the ones pending in the upper house. The objections were raised by opposition members as The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015, and Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015 were listed for introduction in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. While the government, as well as Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, said that the business of the other house cannot be discussed in the house, opposition members asked for a ruling, which Kurien reserved as he said that the Rajya Sabha rule book was not enough to decide upon the subject. "If a bill is pending in this house, unless it is passed or rejected by this house can it be brought in Lok Sabha," Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal questioned in the upper house. He was joined by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury, who said that government is trying to bypass the Rajya Sabha. Source: IANS
Achuthanandan cuts a lonely figure in CPI-M
March 02, 2015 11:08 AM
Is the CPI-M boycotting veteran leader and former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan? Ever since Achuthanandan staged a 'boycott'  of his party's state conference, none of his colleagues in the Communist Party of India-Marxist seem to be keen to get in touch with him. This was clearly evident when the 91-year-old spent half a day at the Kottayam government guest house on Saturday but not a single party leader came to greet him. Achuthanandan was in Kottayam to inaugurate a seminar of the CPI. It was a week earlier that he walked out of his own party's 21st state conference after a resolution condemning his constant breach of party discipline was read out. Speaker after speaker upheld the party's finding that he was regularly breaching party discipline. Source: IANS
Fuel price hike unacceptable: CPI-M
March 02, 2015 10:54 AM
The increase in prices of petrol and diesel is unacceptable, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said on Sunday, as it called for protests against the hike. It said in a statement that the prices were hiked by over Rs.3 a litre, "hours after the union budget imposing greater burdens on the people was presented" in parliament on Saturday. "This is the second hike in the prices of petrol and diesel this month. The government, instead of reducing the excise duty, is passing the burdens on to the people. "This increase in prices of petrol and diesel is unacceptable." Source: IANS

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About Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Factsheet

Founded on 1964
FounderM.N.Roy, Abani Mukherjee, Evelyn Trent Roy who was M.N. Roy's wife, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Siddiqui
Prominent leaders of CPIMPrakash Karat (General Secretary), S Ramachandran Pillai, Sitaram Yechury, Biman Basu, Manik Sarkar, Pinarayi Vijayan, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, K. Vardha Rajan, B. V. Raghavulu, Brinda Karat (W), Nirupam Sen, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan,  M.A. Baby, Surja Kanta Mishra, A K Padmanabhan
General SecretaryPrakash Karat
CPIM Leader in Lok SabhaBasudev Acharia
CPIM Leader in Rajya SabhaSitaram Yechur
Party typeleft-wing
PhilosophyCommunism, Marxism-Leninism
Election symbol
AllianceLeft Front
Party typeNational Party
CPIM Youth WingDemocratic Youth Federation of India
Women WingAll India Democratic Women's Association
Labour WingCentre of Indian Trade Unions
Peasant's WingAll India Kisan Sabha
Seats in Lok Sabha16 out of 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha11 out of 245
Head office addressCentral Committee,A.K. Gopalan Bhawan, 27-29, Bhai Vir Singh Marg, New Delhi 110 001
Phone no.(91-11) 23344918, 23363692, 23747435/36
Fax(91-11) 23747483
Official website
CPIM current chief ministers
TripuraManik Sarkar
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), popularly referred to as the CPIM or the CPM, is a major recognized national political party in India. It is a left-wing political party with a Communist
political ideology. It is deeply influenced by the writings of Marx and Lenin, and propagates the ideas of social justice, social equality and a stateless and classless society. It claims to be a political party of the working classes of India, fighting for the issues of workers, peasants, farmers, agriculturists and others. Through such struggle, the CPIM aims to achieve a society ruled by the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’.

CPIM was formed in 1964, when a faction of the members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) broke away from it. The CPIM split from the CPI, which was believed to have increasingly become sectarian and revisionist in approach. Many of the comrades within the CPI, with a hard-core leftist leaning, were of the opinion that the CPI was wrongly supporting the issues and policies of the Indian National Congress. The 7th Congress of the members of the Communist Party of India took place in Calcutta, in October-November 1964, to draft the constitution for the working of a new party. This came to be called the historic Calcutta Congress wherein the CPIM was formed. Though referred to by various names initially, the newly formed party adopted its formal name during the Kerala Legislative Assembly elections in 1965.

The mass base of the party is drawn from primarily three states namely, West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura. The CPIM leads the Left Front alliance, a major opposition to the ruling party at the Centre. The party is guided by a pyramidal hierarchical structure, with the Polit Bureau at the head, taking all major decisions and policies. The party operates on the principles of ‘Democratic Centralism’. Not everyone can become a party member of the CPIM. Potential comrades are initiated into the teachings of Marx and Lenin, through regular classes held by the party, before they can become ground-level members. The lowest rank in the order of party membership is the Branch Committees. The first General Secretary of the CPIM was P. Sundarayya, followed by one of the most apt leaders of India, E.M.S. Namboodiripad. The present General Secretary is Prakash Karat, who is in office from 2005 onwards. Basudev Acharia is the Leader in the Lok Sabha, representing the CPIM. Sitaram Yechury is the Leader in Rajya Sabha.

Election Symbol and its Significance

The Election Symbol of the CPIM, as approved by the Election Commission of India has an hammer and a sickle, intersecting each other. This is usually depicted on a red-coloured flag, which is the colour of struggle symbolizing any communist party. This symbol is very similar to the symbol used by the CPI, largely because their ideologies are not very distinctly different from one another. The intersecting hammer and sickle symbol is very significant. It depicts that the CPIM is a party of the peasants, of farmers, or labourers, who work in the fields and earn a living. It depicts the conditions of the working class. The sickle and hammer are used to cut corn and all other crops in the field.

They are essentially agricultural tools and weapons. The farmer toils in the field, and at the end of the day, gets a meager amount as pay. In other words, the farmer is exploited by the bourgeois sections of the society. This struggle is represented by the CPIM. It is a party of the poor, of the oppressed in society. The CPIM, through its Marxian ideologies and practices, in support with the trade unions present across the country, addresses the issues of the workers. It is symbolic of the anti-capitalist and anti-globalization policies and schemes across India. The symbol is therefore very prominent in the role the CPIM plays as a major left political party.

National Executives of the CPIM

The leaders of the CPIM, who are also their national representatives and executives, are the following:
  • Prakash Karat, present General Secretary of CPIM - Karat became a member of the Politburo in 1992. He was one of the founders of the Student Federation of India (SFI), the most prominent student wing of the CPIM.
  • Sitaram Yechury, Leader in Rajya Sabha, representing CPIM - Yechury is the Parliamentary Leader representing CPIM. Yechury was elected as a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from West Bengal in 2005. He became a Politburo member in 1992.
  • Basudev Acharia, Leader in 15thLok Sabha, representing CPIM - Though originally from Tamil Nadu, Acharia calls himself a Bengali in various ways. He was an All India Vice President of the CITU, a workers’ union of the CPIM. He also remained an important member in the Ministry of Industry, West Bengal. He identifies himself with a number of labour unions in the country.
  • Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister of Tripura - Sarkar became a Politburo member at a very early age. He remains one of the most successful and honest Chief Ministers of the country.


As a national political party, the CPIM has made a number of significant contributions to the political scenario of the country. Some of these are listed below:
  • The CPIM made its strong presence felt in the states of West Bengal and Tripura where it is part of the Left Front and in Kerala as part of the Left Democratic Front. Each of these alliances is of the communist parties across India. The CPIM ruled West Bengal for a continuous period of 34 years, till 2011. In the State Assembly Elections of 2011, the All India Trinamool Congress took over power from the CPIM. CPIM is in power in Tripura, headed by Manik Sarkar as the Chief Minister. In Kerala, there is an interesting trend of the CPIM coming to power in alternative elections.

  • The CPIM has a number of principal mass organizations like its labour wing called Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), its peasant wing called the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), its student wings called Students Federation of India (SFI) and its youth organization called Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI). Each of these wings has contributed significantly to the cause of the poor and working class sections of the society. SFI is one of the foremost voices in left politics in various colleges and universities across India.
  • CPIM has made a prominent contribution to the cause of women in the country through its very active organization All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA). The AIDWA holds political rallies and organizes street-plays to make aware the women of the society.
  • The CPIM as part of the Left Front, has raised its voice against a number of agendas of the Congress-led UPA government. Although initially in collaboration with the UPA, the CPIM withdrew support when the Congress went ahead with the United States- India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act. According to the CPIM, this and many other steps of the present UPA government, such as disinvestment of profit making PSUs, introducing FDIs in finance sector and MNCs in retail sector are anti-people policies which they cannot support.

Contact Details

Official Website of CPIM-
Address of CPIM-Central Committee,A.K. Gopalan Bhawan,
27-29, Bhai Vir Singh Marg, New Delhi 110 001
Contact Numbers-PHONE:(91-11) 23344918, 23363692, 23747435/36
FAX :(91-11) 23747483

Last Updated on September 17, 2014

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