Onkar Shad CPM state secy, 30-member panel set up

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2014 20:26 IST

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) passed a unanimous resolution laying stress on "continuing the affirmative political and economic struggle in the state" on the concluding day of its 15th state conference here on Thursday. The resolution, tabled by former CPI(M) state secretary Rakesh Singha on Wednesday, underlines the need to "carry the left-wing and democratic alternative agenda to the people so that a political alternative can be carved out".

Earlier during the day, the CPIM appointed Onkar Shad as the new secretary of the party's Himachal wing after holding elections. Besides, a 30-member state committee was unanimously elected of which Rakesh Singha, Kashmir Singh Thakur, Tikender Singh Panwar, Kushal Bhardwaj, Prem Gautam, Kuldeep Tanwar and Sanjay Chauhan were elected as members of the new state secretariat.

A new state control commission, consisting of three members, was also elected and will be headed by Rajender Chauhan. The conference also unanimously selected four members of a delegation to represent the Himachal CPM in the party's 21st congress in Vishakapatnam in April 2015. The members are Onkar Shad, Tikender Singh Panwar, Kashmir Thakur and Kuldeep Tanwar.

Addressing the meet, CPIM politburo member MA Baby spoke at length about the challenges being faced by left-wing ideologies at the global level and the formidable struggle they are putting especially in Latin America. He said the economic model that the present BJP led government at the centre is following was "detrimental to the interests of the people at large".

"There is growth in the country but the coffers of the big capitalists are being filled. This needs to be changed and the changes can only be brought by leftist policies," he added.

A Vijay Raghwan, head of the Himachal CPIM and a former MP, spoke on the "organizational aspect that needs to be strengthened to build a strong and powerful party to meet the present day challenges".

The conference resolved five major tasks for the next three years including building a "pro-people and anti neo liberal alternative to the present set of policies and propagate it amongst the people" and taking up local civic issues like water, electricity, healthcare and education. The other tasks include highlighting social issues. Further, to check the land mafia and dilution of section 118 of the land reform and furthermore the tenancy act, employment, PDS and education will be championed. Support will also be extended to the ongoing struggle of students against fee hikes and the "anti-democratic" ban on student elections.

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