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About The Party

The CPI(M) was formed at the Seventh Congress of the Communist Party of India held in Calcutta from October 31 to November 7, 1964. The CPI(M) was born in the struggle against revisionism and sectarianism in the communist movement at the international and national level, in order to defend the scientific and revolutionary tenets of Marxism-Leninism and its appropriate application in the concrete Indian conditions. The CPI(M) combines the fine heritage of the anti-imperialist struggle and the revolutionary legacy of the undivided Communist Party which was founded in 1920. Over the years, the Party has emerged as the foremost Left force in the country.

The CPI(M) has grown steadily since its formation in 1964. The membership of the Party, which was 118,683 at the time of its formation, has grown to 10,44,833 in 2011. The Party has sought to independently apply Marxism-Leninism to Indian conditions and to work out the strategy and tactics for a people's democratic revolution, which can transform the lives of the Indian people. The CPI(M) is engaged in bringing about this basic transformation by carrying out a programme to end imperialist, big bourgeois and landlord exploitation. The CPI(M) as the leading Left party is committed to build a Left and democratic front which can present a real alternative to the existing bourgeois-landlord policies.

In the last few elections, contesting on an average 15 percent of the total seats, the CPI(M) has been getting around 5-6 percent of the votes. (India follows the “first past the post” system and not proportional representation) In the 2009 elections to the Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian Parliament) the CPI(M) won 16 seats. The Lower House of Parliament has a strength of 543. In the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) the CPI(M) has 11 members.

The CPI(M) is heading one state government. The Left Front government headed by the CPI(M) was uninterruptedly in power in West Bengal since 1977 upto May 2011. In Kerala, it has been in and out of office. Currently, the Left Democratic Front headed by the CPI(M) is in opposition. In Tripura, the CPI(M) was first elected to office in 1977. Though it lost the subsequent election due to large scale rigging, in all elections since 1988 it has been voted to office. Though uneven, the CPI(M) has representation in eight state legislative assemblies.

State Committee Members elected by the West Bengal State 23rd Conference of CPI(M) held from 15-19 February, 2012 at Comrade Jyoti Basu Nagar - Comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet Mancha (Pramode Dasgupta Bhavan, Kolkata):

1. Biman Basu                                   - Secretary
2. Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee         - Secretariat Member
3. Nirupam Sen                                - Secretariat Member
4. Shyamal Chakraborty                 - Secretariat Member
5. Surjya Kanta Mishra                   - Secretariat Member
6. Madan Ghosh                               - Secretariat Member
7. Mridul De                                      - Secretariat Member
8. Goutam Deb                                 - Secretariat Member
9. Mahammad Salim                       - Secretariat Member
10. Raghunath Kushari                   - Secretariat Member
11. Dipak Dasgupta                          - Secretariat Member
12. Sridip Bhattacharya                  - Secretariat Member
13. Rabin Deb                                   - Secretariat Member
14. Dipak Sarkar                              - Secretariat Member
15. Nripen Choudhury                    - Secretariat Member
16. Banani Biswas
17. Rekha Goswami
18. Asim Dasgupta
19. Narayan Dutta
20. Moinul Hassan
21. Partha Dey
22. Amiya Patra
23. Manab Mukherjee
24. Manabesh Choudhury
25. Sandopal Lepcha
26. Minati Ghosh
27. Ashoke Bhattacherjee
28. Mitali Kumar
29. Tarun Roy
30. Muzaffar Hossain
31. Bausdev Acharya
32. Bireswar Lahiri
33. Subir Bannerjee
34. Dilip Ganguly
35. Amal Haldar
36. Avik Dutta
37. Sukhendu Panigrahi
38. Samik Lahiri
39. Jibesh Sarkar
40. Manindra Gope
41. Ashoke Banerjee
42. Debasish Chakraborty
43. Deblina Hembram
44. Rathin Roy
45. Mriganka Bhattacharya
46. Ramchandra Dom
47. Niranjan Chatterjee
48. Tarit Topdar
49. Kanti Ganguly
50. Biplab Majumder
51. Kanu Sahoo
52. Sunil Sarkar
53. Rama Biswas
54. Sujan Chakraborty                      - Secretariat Member
55. Subir Biswas
56. Achinta Mallick
57. Abhas Roy Choudhury
58. Tarini Roy
59. Ambar Mitra
60. Sumit Dey
61. Sudarshan Roy Choudhury
62. Anadi Sahoo
63. Sayandeep Mitra
64. Harekrishna Samanta
65. Pulin Bihari Baskey
66. Pranab Chatterjee
67. Anju Kar
68. Nepal Deb Bhattacharya
69. Anisur Rahaman
70. Krishna Banerjee
71. Pradip Nath
72. Tapas Sinha
73. Kanti Biswas (Ex-Officio)

Permanent Invitees:

1. Atanu Saha
2. Ritabrata Banerjee
3. Prasanta Pradhan
4. Salil Achary

Special Invitees:

1. Hasim Abdul Halim
2. Nakul Mahato
3. Dinesh Dakua
4. Md. Amin

Editors of Party Journals

Editor: Narayan Dutta
Assistant Editor: Avik Dutta

Editor: Ashoke Banerjee

Hindi Swadhinata
Editor: Ram Alhad Choudhury

Marxbadi Path
Editor: Biman Basu
Assistant Editor: Debasish Chakraborty

Editor: Aniruddha Chakraborty
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