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CPM axe hangs on ‘inactive’ 1000

Gautam Deb

Calcutta, Aug 3: The CPM is struggling to keep its flock together in Bengal, but that has not deterred it from wielding the axe in North 24-Parganas.

The Left party has decided to expel or suspend at least 1,000 “inactive” cadres in the district at a time the organisation has seen a steady stream of defections to other parties across the state. Many in the party have demanded a change in the leadership.

“We have decided to expel or suspend inactive members. They did not work for the party during the (Lok Sabha) elections. They got scared and remained indoors. It would be difficult for such people to continue as party members,” Gautam Deb, the secretary of the CPM’s North 24-Parganas unit, told a news conference at Alimuddin Street.

Dubbing such cadres “cowards”, the former minister said: “Those who want to work for the CPM have to understand that they would face assaults or even imprisonment in the current situation.”

CPM cadres across the state have alleged assaults at the hands of Trinamul workers and the Left party’s apparent apathy towards its members. But unlike several districts where the party has been hit by a barrage of defections mostly to the BJP, North 24-Parganas has seen a rise in membership in the past three months.