(From ML Update, May 29, 2013)


Jagjit Singh Layalpuri, 96, veteran communist and a lifelong crusader for left unity passed away in Ludhiana in Punjab on the night of 27 May at 11  p.m. He was a renowned communist and freedom fighter who dedicated his life  to the struggle for the people’s emancipation. He was among the few in  Punjab who initiated the formation of CPI(M) in Punjab from 1964 onwards.


Later he was the first to raise his voice against CPI(M)’s capitulationist  policies and tactics within the party, which eventually led to his expulsion  from CPI(M). He continued to strive for a broader unity among the left forces throughout his life. His contribution to the peasant movement in  Punjab will always be remembered. He remained a good friend and well wisher of CPI(ML) and its movement, and never hesitated to help our Party on  various occasions. CPI(ML) pays him warm tributes and will always cherish his memory.


Red Salute to Comrade Jagjit Singh Layalpuri!

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