Expressing his dismay over parties patching up for political convenience, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan on Thursday claimed that the meeting between DMK leader MK Stalin and MDMK founder Vaiko was simply an exercise to win over sentimental people.
There seems to be no end to the recurring debate between CPI(M) and CPI over the 1964 split in the Indian communist movement with the two sides offering differing perceptions on the vital question whether the schism has helped the Left to grow in the country or not.
Communist Party of India ( CPI) leader D Raja on Saturday opposed the government's move to deregulate the prices of diesel, saying such a move will have a cascading effect on the prices of all essential commodities and put further stress on the people.
CPI asked Maoists to give up violence and join the democratic process but expressed disappointment over Home Minister Rajnath Singh`s remarks that there would be no talks with the left wing extremists.
In a change of stand, days after resenting police action against student editors over campus magazines containing remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Thursday said though the government respected freedom of expression, it was not proper to depict a person in any manner.
Samajwadi Party and CPI said the government should make its stand clear on telecom major Vodafone`s disclosure that India was among 29 nations that sought access to its network to intercept calls, text messages and e-mails last year.
The CPI on Wednesday termed Article 370 as the "lifeline" of integration of Kashmir with India and warned the government against any "hasty" decision on the issue, saying the Constitution should not be meddled with to suit someone`s "whims and fancies".
With the Left getting a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls even in its strongholds in the country, the CPI has revived the debate over merger of the Communist parties, arguing that a reunion is essential to meet the challenges ahead.
Over 1,650 political parties including big names like BSP, CPI, DMK and National Conference drew a blank in the Lok Sabha elections that saw BJP storming to power at the Centre with a landslide victory.
CPI candidate for Medinipur seat and sitting MP Prabodh Panda was involved in a verbal spat with Trinamool Congress supporters over using the `MP` sticker on his vehicle when he went to exercise his franchise at a polling booth in West Medinipur district.
Manipur has two parliamentary seats - Inner Manipur (valley districts) and Outer Manipur (hill districts). The state will go to the polls on April 9 (first phase) in outer Manipur and on April 17 in inner Manipur (second phase). The main political forces in the state are the Congress (INC), the Manipur People`s Party (MPP) and the Communist party of India.