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DYFI launches creativity contest to attract youths in West Bengal

DYFI membership in Bengal dipped from nearly 85 lakh in 2010 to about 40 lakh now.

kolkata Updated: May 08, 2017 13:14 IST
The DYFI announcement.
The DYFI announcement. (HT Photo)

An innovative logo, video or even a catchy slogan can help you win an award from the CPI(M) even if you are not a party activist. The only condition is that your creative work should communicate leftist ideology.

Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the youth wing of CPI(M), is celebrating its 50th foundation day on June 9, 2017. On this occasion the West Bengal unit of DYFI is organizing these contests inviting applications from public.

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Speaking to HT, state president of DYFI, Sayandeep Mitra said this will be a part of the unit’s public relations exercise to reach out to the youths in the state.

DYFI convention in Burdwan this year. Lok Sabha MP and CPI(M) politburo member Mohammad Salim is the speaker. (HT Photo)

However, political analysts feel, that the exercise is aimed at reviving DYFI’s or CPI(M)’s failing appeal among the youth which was evident from the sharp decline in the unit’s membership since 2011 after the end of the 34 year of Left Front rule.

DYFI’s membership in West Bengal declined from 84.92 lakh in 2010 to 40.44 lakh now. CPI(M) leaders attribute massive terror unleashed by ruling Trinamool Congress since 2011 as the reason behind this decline.

The threat to the memberships have risen even more with the upsurge of saffron politics in Bengal where BJP is seen to win votes at the expense of the Left.

Elaborating the plan, Mitra said that an internal panel will evaluate the applications under the three sections of logo, video and slogan.

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“The winner will be awarded and felicitated at a programme by the party leadership on June 9, 2017, the opening day of the golden jubilee celebration. The best logos, videos and slogans selected will be displayed at the programme venue,” he said.

He also said that DYFI is also inviting theme-based songs from applicants through there will be no award in this category. “Intersted applications can submit their applications along with the work of creation directly at the DYFI office at Kolkata, or post the same, in the inbox of DYFI’s social networking site with details,” Mitra said.

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Although founded in 1967 as Democratic Youth Federations (DYF), the young wing of CPI(M) operated as individual state units till 1980. It was in 1980 that all the state units were merged into an national umbrella unit and DYFI was created.