AGARTALA, Nov 20 - In a major shift from tradition, the CPI (M) has decided not to hold any open rally to mark the party’s State committee conference scheduled to commence here on November 25 next.
CPI (M) State committee conference is supposed to take place once in three years but the party had decided to postpone the State meet owing to the Assembly election preparation.
“The meeting here on November 25 will discuss the political scenario of the State after the Assembly elections”, said party’s State committee secretary Bijan Dhar at a press conference here on Monday.
Dhar said there will be no open rally this time before the commencement of the proceedings of the conference unlike in the past. “The party has dropped the plan keeping in mind the prevailing situation”, he said.
Dhar said that the party general secretary Sitaram Yechuri, former general secretary Prakash Karat and politburo member Brinda Karat would attend the State conference.
Explaining the decision not to hold the open rally, he said that the State has been passing through a phase of ‘fascist culture’ and people, specially opposition CPI (M) workers and supporters were being indiscriminately attacked.
“It is also difficult to arrange vehicles for the programme even by hiring, so in order to avoid trouble and save our workers and supporters from harassment we have decided to skip the open rally”, he said.
Dhar also blamed the State Government for lacking in political will to curb violence and restore law and order in the State.