Marine Drive in Kochi turns red; CPM state conference begins

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Inaugural function at Kochi Marine Drive | Photo: TK Pradeep Kumar

Kochi: CPM veteran leader and state secretariat member Anathalavattom Anandan hoisted the flag at the state conference of the party on Tuesday morning. The meeting will be attended by over 400 delegates and the four-day event is held in the run-up to the 23rd party congress of CPM in Kannir in early April. The delegate session will be inaugurated by party general secretary Sitharam Yechury.

Polit Bureau members Prakash Karat, S Ramachandra Pillai, Brinda Karat, M A Baby and chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan will attend the inaugural session.

State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan will present the working report. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan will present the vision document for the creation of a new Kerala (Nava Kerala), which is poised to become the highlight of the day. Following that the conference will break for district wise group discussions.

March 2 is completely dedicated for deliberating working report, while Nava Kerala vision document will be deliberated on March 3. For both deliberations, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and Pinarayi Vijayan will give their replies. State committee election will be held on March 4. The new committee will announce the secretary.

Abiding to Covid-19 protocol, Politburo member M A Babu will inaugurate the cultural meeting at 5 pm on March 3.. The parade of red army and the public performance have been dropped. The concluding session on March 4 will be held at Marine Drive at 5 PM and will be inaugurated by Pinarayi Vijayan.

Second Kerala vision document in CPM’s history

After 1957, this will be only the second time that CPM is releasing a vision document for Kerala. It was EMS Namboodiripad’s government which presented the first vision document. Notably, the second vision is projected as a guideline for pursuit of Kerala in the next 25 years. Unconfirmed reports say that the vision document will focus on fostering knowledge capital.

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