Tripura CPI(M) defers state conference following Surjeet's demise

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Agartala, Aug 1 (UNI) The CPI(M) Tripura state committee has deferred its 19th state conference for a day following the demise of party's former general secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet today.

Addressing media here. CPI(M) Tripura Secretary Baidyanath Majumder said here that the party conference, scheduled to start on August three, had been deferred for a day.

The party had also cancelled the public rally.

The party had expressed grief over the death of Mr Surjeet and said the party would observe three days mourning.

Chief Minister and Polit Bureau member Manik Sarkar would attend the funeral ceremony of Mr Surjeet on August three, he stated.

Mr Majumder said at least seven national level leaders and Polit Bureau members were scheduled to attend the party conference on August three, but it was also cancelled.

Party general secretary Prakash Karat would attend the conference and address the partymen in inner session on August four.

Pointing out the conference agenda, he said the two-day conference would review the decision of the 18th party conference, adding strategic move had recommended in the last party congress.

Mr Majumder criticised the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, saying it did not disclose that it was compulsory to approach International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for an India -specific safeguards agreement and did not comply with the Common Minimum Programme (CMP), which forced the Left to withdraw support to the government.

He alleged that in a UPA-Left Coordination Committee meeting held in October-November to discuss the Nuke deal, the UPA Government did not apprise the Left that it was mandatory for the government to go to the IAEA and only a few commitments of 189 points slated in CMP were complied with.

'' The UPA Government has cheated the Left as well as the common people of the countries in regard to independent foreign policy of India, and the Manmohan Singh Government has been trying to lease the country's interest to the US, '' Mr Majumder said.

The party's status and influence were increased at national level and in Tripura the membership had increased more than 18,000 in the past three years, while 2608 families from the Opposition fold had joined the CPI(M) after the tenth Tripura Assembly election held in February last.

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