Bandhs, hartals fundamental right of working class: CPI(M)

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Aug 28 | Updated: Aug 30 2008, 05:03am hrs
The CPI(M) politburo on Thursday distanced itself from West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya remarks against bandhs and hartals. Maintaining that strike is a fundamental right for the working class, the partys politburo apparently snubbed its senior leader Bhattacharya for the remarks deviating from the party-line.

Calling bandhs anti-social, Bhattacharya had on Tuesday said CPI(M) leaders at Delhi are also changing and hoped that they will also take a stand against bandhs, hartals and gheraos as he did. Proving his hopes wrong, the CPI(M) leadership virtually isolated Bhattacharya at a time when he draws flak from the Left front partners and the Opposition for his remarks against strikes.

The CPI(M) firmly stands for the right to strike by the working class as a fundamental right. It has consistently supported the all-India general strikes of the trade unions against the neo-liberal policies of the Central government and other urgent issues of the working class and toiling people, the CPI(M) politburo said in a statement.

The CPI(M) top leadership, including Kerala chief minister, VS Achuthanandan had expressed their unhappiness over Bhattacharyas statement. The party circles had also indicated that there could be some punishment against Bhattacharya for the anti-party remarks. The CPI, RSP and the Forward Bloc did also spare no time in harshly criticising Bhattacharya, also a member of the CPI(M) politburo. The next meeting of the CPI(M) politburo, scheduled on September first week, is likely discuss the issue.