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COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA

CENTRAL OFFICE

AJOY BHAVAN
15, KOTLA MARG
NEW DELHI-110002
PHONE:  3235546, 3235099,
3235058,3237972
FAX :(9111)3235543

CONSTITUTION OF COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA
ARTICLE I

NAME
The name of the party shall be the Communist Party of India

ARTICLE II

EMBLEM
The emblem of the party shall be crossed hammer and sickle in white against a red background with a circular inscription in white:"Communist Party of India"

ARTICLE III

FLAG
The flag of the party shall be a red flag og which the length shall be one-and -a-half times its width At the centre of the flag there shall be a crossed hammer and sickle in white

ARTICLE IV
MEMBERSHIP
1 Any Indian citizen, eighteen years of age or above, who accepts the programme and constitution of the party, agrees to work in one of the party organisations, to pay regularly the party membership fee and levy and to cary out decisions of the party shall be eligible for membership

2 New members are admitted to the party on individual application and through a party branch on the recommendation of the two members Party councils at all levels also have the power to admit new members to the party Party members who recommend an applicant must furnish the party branch or council concerned truthful information about the applicant from personal knowledge and with due sense of responsibility All applications for membership must be placed before the appropriate council within a month of their presentation and recommendation

3 The general body meeting of the party branch shall decide on the question of admission and, if the applicant is admitted to the party,he or she shall be regarded as a candidate member for a period of six months commencing from the date of such admission

4 If a leading member from another political party or local, district or state level comes over to the party, in addition to the sanction of the local party unit of district or state council , it is necassary to have the sanction of the next higher unit of the party before he or she is admitted to membership of the party

5Members once expelled from the party can be readmitted only by the decision of the unit which confirmed their expulsion or by a higher unitafter considering the views of the unit from which he or she was expelled

6 Candidate members hsve the same duties and rights as full members except that they have no right to elect or to be electedor to vote on any motion

7 The party branch or unit admitting candidate members shall arrange for their elementary eduvation on the programme, constitution and the current policies of the party and observe their development, through providing for their functioning as members of a branch or unit

8 By the end of the period of candidature, the party branch or unit concerned shall discuss whether the candidate member is qualified to be admitted to full membership The branch or the unit concerned may admit candidates to full membership or prolong the period of candidature for another not exceding six monthsIf a candidate member is found unfit, the branch or unit may cancel his or her candidate membership A report of recruitment of candidates and of recommendations for admission to full membership shall be regularly forwarded by the branch or unit concerned to the next higher party unit

9 The higher unit may, on scrutiny of the report, alter or modify any such decision after consultation with the branch or unit which have submitted the report The district and state councils wil exercise supervisory powers over the recruitment of candidates and over admissions to full membership and have the right to modify or reject the decision of the lower units in this respect Such supervisory powers shall be especially exercised where the membership of a unit is highly disproportionate to the influence of the party and the strength of the mass organizations and movement, where there is a sudden and excessive fall on rise in party membership as compared to the previous year

10If no decision to extend or cancel cancel candidate membership is taken or no report prepared by the concerned branch even after a month following the completion of the period of candidature the candidate member will become full member

11A member may transfer his or her membership from one unit to another with the approval of the unit from which transfer is sought and by presenting a letter of introduction from the same to the new unit he or she wishes to join In case of transfer outside the district or the state council concerned shall be necessary

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