Communist World News

Possible unification of Indian Communist Parties

In Asia on April 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

New Delhi, India — Last month, the general secretary

Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy

of the Communist Party of India (CPI), A.B. Bardhan, has hinted at the possibility of a unification between the CPI and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). According to mister Bardhan there are “sufficient grounds” for a unification of the two parties, and argues that the “present situation demands it.” This call comes a year after the CPI lost its stronghold West Bengal in last years elections, which it had ruled for 34 years. Meanwhile the CPI-M won last years elections in the state of Tripura, located in East India and neighbouring Bangladesh.

The newly elected general secretary of the Communist Party of India, Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, affirmed last Monday (2 april 2012) that the CPI would want to see a unification of the CPI and CPI-M saying “we stand for the unification of the communist movement.” According to him the reasons for the split between the parties are now no longer relevant. The CPI-M has not yet made any suggestions hinting at a unification of the two parties, but Reddy said the CPI would wait until the time has matured.

The CPI was founded ca. 1925, and the CPI-M split from the CPI in 1968 over a dispute on armed struggle, parliamentary participation, the relations with the Soviet Union, the role of the bourgeoisie in India at the time, and the strength of communism globally.

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