Kochi: By successfully completing as many as 35,179 branch conferences, 2,273, 209 and 14 other conferences respectively in local, area and district levels, the CPM is all set to hold the four-day state conference here in Ernakulam from March 1 onwards; a few weeks before the 23rd party congress from April 6 to 10. Minister for Industries P Rajeev revealed his excitement on the party conference while addressing mathrubhumi.com here on Monday.
“It is the first time Ernakulam hosts the CPM state conference after the one that was held in 1985. If we take a look at the politics in Kerala before and after the 1985 conference, the Left ruled the state only for six years in a 30-year period before the conference. However, the political policy, which was accepted in the 1985 meet, strengthened the party and the Left could be in power for 20 years in the 37-year period (till now). This year's meet is amidst a special occasion that the party came to power for the second consecutive term. So, we aim to formulate a model for the development of the state for the next 25 years,” said P Rajeev, Minister for Industries, who is also the chairman of the organising committee of the state conference.
He also told Mathrubhumi.com that the meet aims to make the party members aware of the need to be vigilant in view of continuing in power.
“We see the significance of continuing in power but at the same time we are aware of the need to increase public support. Yes of course, the number of seats the Left won in the last polls was high, but it won't stop us and the meeting aims to make the party winning 50 percent public support,” Rajeev added.
By hoisting the party flag at 9.30 am on Tuesday, the conference will mark its beginning. Election of members in various committees for the smooth holding of the conference will be held later.
Following it, floral tributes will be paid by party leaders at martyar's square. At 10: 30 am CPM national general secretary Sitaram Yechury will inaugurate the delegates meet.
As many as 511 representatives will participate in the conference; they include 400 delegates, who were elected in the district conferences, 23 political observers, and 88 state committee members.
The delegates' meeting will last till 12 noon and at 12.15 pm, party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan will present a report on the party's functioning in the state. At 4 pm, Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, will present a report on the proposed 'Nava Kerala Naya Regha' (New Kerala Action Plan). At 5.30 pm, a group discussion will be held on the report by forming various district level groups.
The second day of the conference will be dedicated completely for the discussion on the report on the party's functioning in the state and the third day for 'Nava Kerala Naya Regha'. In the evening of the third day of the conference, replies will be given based on the discussions.
The final day of the conference, March 4, will begin with the election of state committee members and the new party secretary. With this the delegates' meet will come to an end.
Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the public meet at E Balananda Nagar in Marine Drive at 4 pm. As many as 15,000 people are expected to attend the meet. It marks the end of the state meet.
Former general secretary Prakash Karat, CPM Politburo members Brinda Karat, S Ramachandran Pillai, MA Baby, G Ramakrishnan and other prominent leaders of the party will be there in the meet.
Prakash Karat will inaugurate a seminar on 'The Constitution, Federalism, Secularism and the Future of India Democracy' on March 2. MA Baby will inaugurate a cultural conference on March 3.
Apart from all these activities, various art programmes were also scheduled to be held to make the meet even more attractive. The drama of KPAC 'Ningalenne Communistakki' will be staged at Abhimanyu Nagar on March 1 and on March 2, a fusion music performance by Rajesh Cherthala and Biju Murai will be held. Another drama 'Ithihasam' will be staged on March 4. Folk songs and drawing and history exhibitions will also be there during the meet.