A day after the big political change Uttar Pradesha and other states where it failed to mark any presence, the leaders of the CPI (M) said that the party is planning to remove 16 percent of its current 2.5 lakh members in West Bengal for being “inactive,” aiming to strengthen the party.
The move to “remove inactive party members” was initiated by the party’s State Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra who added that the decision was taken in view of the setback the party faced in the previous Assembly elections in West Bengal.
As per our current estimates the number of such inactive party members is about 40,000 [16 percent]. Currently our party has 2.50 lakh members in Bengal of which these members [40,000] are inactiveCPI(M) state committee member.
He added that the State leadership will rather have “fewer members” than to be “overburdened with inactive ones.”
“Our aim is to remove all kinds of inactivity from the party,” a member of the State Secretariat was quoted by The Hindu.
According to the “five criteria” — adopted in the Kolkata Plenum of 2015 — the member has to pay “membership fee and levy”, “regularly” attend branch meetings, participate in “party classes, political campaigns...agitations and struggles.” Members who do not fulfil these will be considered as inactive. It is also made mandatory to participate in “mass work” unless the member is “exempted” by the party.
CPI(M) insiders suggest that the number of party members to be removed may increase as the screening process is still continuing.