D. Ayyappan

The CPI (M) was formed at the Seventh Congress of the Communist Party of India held in Calcutta from October 31 to November 7, 1964.  The CPI (M) has emerged as the leading Left force in India ever since its formation.   The party has been growing rapidly since 1964.  The membership of the Party, which was 118,683 at the time of its formation, has grown to more than a million now. The Party has sought to apply Marxism-Leninism to Indian conditions and to work out the strategy and tactics for a people's democratic revolution, which can change the lives of the people of India.

The CPI (M) had to face innumerable attacks from the days of its formation. It still faces severe attacks from Sangh Parivar as well as Congress.  Even in Kerala, where the Left & Democratic Front led by the Party has been chosen by the people to be in power continuously for second time, it is under attack. 

The structure of the Party is based on, and its internal life is guided by, the principles of democratic centralism. Democratic centralism means centralised leadership based on inner-Party democracy under the guidance of the centralised leadership. All the decisions are taken in the party democratically.

Kannur District, where the Communist Party of India was first formed in Kerala during 1937, is all set to host the 23rd Party Congress of the CPI (M) from 6th to 10th April, 2022.  Party Congress is the All India Conference of the CPI (M), conducted in every three years on conclusion of Conferences of Party Units at various levels from Party Branch Committee to State Committee.

 The Conferences of the Party, among other things, will review the political situation, functioning of the party at the respective levels, to decide Party line on current situation, etc.  Delegates and observers elected in each Conference are attending the Conferences of the next higher unit. During such Conferences, party committees for each level are elected upholding the inner party democratic norms. Guidelines for conducting the Conferences of the party units are issued by the Central Committee well in advance and every party member and party unit are expected to follow it strictly. 

On completion of all State Conferences in the country, the Party Congress is held at a place decided by the Central Committee. Party Congress shall be composed of delegates elected by the State Conferences as well as by Conferences of Party units directly under the all-India Party Centre.        

Arrangements for the conference at the E K Nayanar Academy, Kannur, are almost complete and a public meeting and rally will be held at AKG Nagar at Kannur Jawahar Stadium. The delegate session will be held at the specially constructed E K Nayanar Nagar in E K Nayanar Academy.

About 800 delegates from across the country are expected to attend the Conference. From Andaman & Nicobar Islands, D. Ayyappan, newly elected Secretary of CPI (M) State Organising Committee will attend the Party Congress. The supreme organ of the Party for the whole country is the All-India Party Congress. The Party Congress will elect a new Central Committee of the party which in turn will elect the new Polit Bureau Members and General Secretary.