The State Government is unleashing terror in the entire state by arresting the people's leaders, activists of different democratic organisations and political parties who are acting using the existing democratic and constitutional rights. The State Government and the police and executive under it are denying the constitutional rights and democratic functioning of the political parties by haunting and arresting their workers and leaders, and raiding their offices and residences as well as harassing their relatives. On 4th February com. Sharmistha Choudhury who is remanded to police custody from 25th January was taken to her relatives house in Salt Lake to harass them and then taken to her residence at Kharda from where they took away her computer and many books and papers. It is reported that the police is planning to raid the houses of other leaders also.
The Central Committee demands that the state government restrain from all such nefarious activities, create a democratic atmosphere at once, and arrange to hold dialogue with the Jomi, Jeebika, Vaasthuthahntro, O Parivesh Raksha Committee ( Committee for the Protection of Land, Livelihood, Biodiversity and Environment Committee) which is representing the struggling people of Bhangar.
We request to all the democratic forces of the country and to all political parties to come forward and register their protest against the fascist terror unleashed by the Mamta government in the sate to suppress the people’s movement at Bhangar and its leadership.
CPI(ML) Red Star
5th February 2017
The central budget combined with the railway budget presented by the finance minister Jaitly today for 2017-18 has made the corporate forces extremely happy as their initial responses reveal. Though the biggest financial operation taken up during the last three months was the demonetization of the 86% of the currency in circulation, which has devastated vast masses and decelerated the economy of the vast majority, no analysis, even a report of how much of the currency was returned, is given. On the whole, the announcement of opening doors more widely for the FDI, removal of all curbs for FDI-FII inflow through tax haven routes, all round promotion of digitization, public-private-participation (PPP) in more areas, privatization of the remaining public sector enterprises more speedily etc have gladdened the corporate class and the MNCs. All hitherto neo-liberal benefits for the private sector are going to be further enhanced. At the same time no mention of what happened to the 20 million new jobs every year by Modi, especially when demonetization has destroyed more than 2 million employments during two months! No enhancement of funds for education and health. There is going to be total cut down of all welfare policies and subsidies in the name of providing Rs. 1000 as Universal Basic Income (UBI) alternative for targeted 80%! But the banks are allowed to write off more bad loans of the corporate as Non Performing Assets (NPA). At the same time no plans for getting backs these bad loans of the elite class. As far as Railways are concerned, though the privatization started by the UPA government and speeded up during last two years under Modi have led to sharp increase in major train accidents, they are not even mentioned; on the contrary there are enough hints that the privatization will be speeded up in all areas. At a glance, this central budget will intensify privatization- commercialization-elitization of all sectors, and impoverization of the masses. Modi intends to impose these ultra rightist economic moves using the sledge hammer of communalization! Modinomics is to serve the Trumponomics!
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Red Star
The whole episode of kidnapping and detention of the general secretary of a party which is working openly at all India level is a naked repetition of what the central and state governments are doing at Banghar in South 24 Parganas. I am not sure whether these criminals who detained and caused such mental harassment to me are from Central Intelligence, WB state intelligence or the goondas of the ex MLA of TNC and the present MLA and minister in the TNC cabinet, or a combination of all these who staged it. It was a naked fascist act to suffocate my voice, to prevent me from going to the villages to declare solidarity with the affected people and families of the two martyrs, and to address the media at Kolkata explaining the details of the Banghar movement.
When my abductors alleged that we are in league with Maoists I explained to them how we are building this movement keeping both CPI(M) and CPI(Maoist) away. I explained them how the Committee to Save Land , Livlihood and Environment is leading the peaceful democratic movement and it was the police-goonda combine changed the atmosphere on 15-16 January by attacking the villagers and women, leading to police firing on 17th and people’s resistance against the state terror. It is clear that the authorities are going against the law which forbids building of power grids through thickly populated areas and trying to justify it through cock and bull stories. While our party comrades are actively involved in the Committee, a broad forum of all struggling left and democratic forces, is organized in which students, intellectuals and scientists are also participating. The developments in Banghar shows that Mamta Banerjee who came to power using the Singhur and Nandigram movements is doing a worse act at Banghar and the people will not allow her to get away with it. No amount of terror can make the party leaders as well as the people subdued. We appeal to the media and all democratic forces to come forward against the state terror and attack on the villagers of Banghar.
CPI(ML) Red Star
24th January 2017
We suspect the involvement of Mamata’s notorious Special Police in comrade’s missing. We demand the Mamata Govt. to unconditionally produce Com KN Ramachandran immediately. We appeal to the communists, progressive democratic forces and like-minded people for their wholehearted solidarity and support at this critical juncture.
CPI (ML) Red Star
23rd January 2017
Following the great success of the road blockade under the banner of Land, Livelihood, Biodiversity and Environment Protection Committee (Jomi Jeebika Vaasthuthantro O Porivesh Raksha Committee) on 11th January in which more than a lakh people, nearly half of them women, participated paralyzing 12 kms stretch of the Haroa Road demanding Stop the Execution of Power Grid Project at Polerhat, the TMC government is using the police forces and TMC goondas to create provocations and use state terror to suppress the movement. It shows that the state government is going back from its earlier assurances to stop the Power Grid construction and to hold discussion with the people’s committee for resolving the conflict.
In this situation the Jomi Jeebika Vaasthuthantro O Porivesh Raksha Committee and the Solidarity Committee in Support of the Bhangor Pesants have decided to organize a Protest March against State Repression and Police Firing on the Struggling Peasants and Villagers of Bhangor, South 24 Parganas on 18 January 2017, Wednesday at 2 P M from College Square to Esplanade. Record your protest by participating the March or by organizing such marches wherever possible and declare your Solidarity with the struggling peasants of Polerhat, Bhangor and Villagers.
The people's anger has burst out first during the Raj Bhavan march on 22nd December and during the indefinite Road Blockade against the Project Power Grid of the Central government which takes away the lives and livelihood of the peasants, damages the very biodiversity and environment of the surrounding areas. Though the blockade and other forms of struggle are withdrawn after the construction works are stopped and the state power minister assuring discussion with all concerned forces, from 16th evening the goonda forces affiliated to ruling TMC started creating provocations leading to arrest of the leaders of the Struggling Committee. Goondas and police attacked the villagers on 17th early morning, continued provocation and when people started getting mobilized by 11 am started the firing.
We appeal to all democratic forces to protest against the police firing and organize protest actions wherever possible at all India level. All party committees are called upon to organize protest actions in support of the Anti Power Grid Movement in Bengal at Bhangor.
CPI(ML) Red Star
PARTI SOSIALIS MALAYSIA (PSM) condemns the arrest of Bersih 2.0 Chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 - SOSMA as cowardice and yet another betrayal by Najib that this Act won’t be used against his political opponents.
This is yet another story of Najib’s continuous U-turns in abolishing Laws, only to replace it with new ones. Najib has told previously that the SOSMA won’t be used against his political opponents. In Fact Section 4(3) of Sosma clearly states that no person can be arrested and detained “solely for his political belief or political activity”. This section was specifically inserted to prevent such abuses like the one now used against Maria.
With the arrest, Najib has re-enacted the misuse of ISA. SOSMA is yet a no trial legislation as no bail is allowed pending trial and appeals. This is an act supposedly to fight terrorism but has history has shown, it will be used by the ruling party to stay in power and use it to fight its political opponents. That is the legacy of the ISA used by all the UMNO Prime Minister to stay in power which was so unpopular that it needs to be repealed.
What is so spineless is the fact that after the failure to stop BERSIH using various legal and illegal methods, it has now resorted to the SOSMA. The Red Shirt movement which is led by an UMNO leader has failed in stopping BERSIH using provocation as well as its failure to mobilise a huge counter crowd on 19 November. The Traders who is yet another group always supporting UMNO also failed to obtain a court injunction against BERSIH. BERSIH has also successfully won most of court cases filed against it by its opponents. With all the above failure, Najib has gone back to the old books in using the new version of ISA; SOSMA to go for BERSIH. That is why it has now resorted to the no trial law so that it cannot be tried.
PSM has already experienced the misuse of Emergency Ordinance in 2011 when 6 of our members were arrested known as the EO6 to the run up to BERSIH 2. We see this as nothing new and call upon the Government to immediately release Maria Chin. It is also very clear that at no specific time has BERSIH or Maria even abandoned their trust on the electoral system. That is why BERSIH has always campaigned for free and fair elections.
We call upon Najib not to hide behind these draconian laws and face BERSIH in a more decent way. PSM will stand in solidarity with Maria Chin and BERSIH and campaign for her release.
Central Committee Member
CPI(ML) Red Star has sent a message to the Central Committee of the PSM condemning the arrest of its leaders and has called on all democratic forces to demand their release.
Meanwhile, the superimposed demonetization and digitization programs have already triggered a total meltdown and deep depression in the Indian economy as is manifested in the collapse of the entire agriculture, industry, service sectors and above all the informal and unorganized sector which alone provide more than 90 percent of the employment in the country. And the unfolding crisis of unmanageable and unprecedented proportions confronting the country including the coercion and deprivation to which people are subjected cannot be camouflaged by Modi’s stage-managed rhetoric. As the present CEO of corporate capital in India, his speech relayed with much media hype and fanfare is only meant for hoodwinking the people and there is nothing in his armoury to overcome the country’s crisis that is going from bad to worse.
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Red Star
1st January 2017
Modi had said in public speeches that if the difficulties due to demonetisation is not over within 50 days he may be hanged! Everything points to the fact that the situation is going to become much more worse in coming days. So, all should get prepared and on the 50th Day, that is on 28th December, Modi’s effigies should be hanged symbolically in the largest number of places mobilizing the people in large numbers! Spread this message widely through all possible means!
K N Ramachandran, General Secretary, CPI(ML) Red Star.