Anti-Fascist Rally by CPIML in Thanjavur

On a day Nirmala Sitharaman presented the interim budget claiming credit for India's "chess revolution" (20 Grand Masters in 2010, over 80 Grand Masters today), making false claims about increase in average income of common people and keeping conspicuously quiet about unemployment, rising prices and India's growing debt burden, TN unit of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation held a mass convention in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu on 1st Feb against the all-round failure and betrayal of the Modi regime.

Against the backdrop of the political coup in Bihar, the conspiracy going on in Jharkhand and the brazen stealing of the mayoral election in Chandigarh, leaders of CPI, CPI(M) and INDIA constituents INC, DMK and VCK also joined us in this impressive assembly and renewed the resolve to defeat the tyrannical Modi regime and foil the Sangh brigade's fascist design.

The rally resolved to fight out fascist forces in Tamil Nadu who are trying to take roots invoking Tamil gods, Tamil heritage, etc., linking with Kashi. They try to use every division in society including caste and religious sentiments. ED is being extensively pressed into service to frame up charges, threaten and pull political friends, including the functionaries of Naam Thamizhar party led by Seeman. AIADMK led by Edappadi is being threatened to return to the alliance. Modi has unusually written a long obituary on Vijaykanth who recently passed away to attract the support base of DMDK. Tamil Nadu BJP is leading a yatra which is a damp squib and failed to evoke any big response. Modi was camping in Rameshwaram for days together in the run up to the inaugural ceremony of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

“Overthrow Fascism - Victory to India” was the theme of the massive Convention. Thousands of party members, workers, rural poor, peasants, youth and students from various districts participated. Some of the local cadres and leaders of INDIA alliance parties also joined. 

Comrade Dipankar, the Chief Guest, addressed the rallyists and called upon people to defeat fascist Modi led BJP regime in the coming Lok Sabha elections. He also emphasised on broader unity of all opposition forces. It is only a sustained mass movement against the BJP on basic issues of the people can only be the best answer to the communal, corporate fascist forces, he said. 

VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan, MP, the Chief Media Coordinator of the headquarters of DMK, DKS Elangovan, the State secretary of CPIM comrade K Balakrishnan, the state secretary of CPI Comrade Mutharasan and the district Congress president representing the state president KS Alagiri addressed the rallyists. Mr KS Alagiri, despite reaching Thanjavur could not reach the meeting venue as he fell ill.

Tamil Nadu unit of CPIML organised an Anti-Fascist Rally on Feb 1st in Thanjavur which has a revolutionary tradition of anti-feudal struggles of agricultural labourers led by the communist movement. Several cadres of CPIML in the district, including Chandrasekar and Chandrakumar of Manalur, have sacrificed their lives in militant struggles.

The rally organised as a part of the party’s political intervention in the ongoing political situation in the state and in the country was well received by various quarters. Thousands of CPIML cadres joined the rally and convention which was one of the biggest mobilisations in the recent past.