Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist)

Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist)
Secretary-General Provash Ghosh
Founded 24 April 1948
Headquarters 48 Lenin Sarani
Kolkata, India
22°33′49.9″N 88°21′20.1″E / 22.563861°N 88.355583°E / 22.563861; 88.355583

Proletarian Era (English)

Ganadabi (Bengali)
Student wing All India Democratic Students Organisation
Youth wing All India Democratic Youth Organisation
Women's wing All India Mahila Sanskritik Sanghathan
Labour wing All India United Trade Union Centre
Peasant's wing All India Krishak Khet Majdoor Sangathan
Ideology Communism
Shibdas Ghosh Thought
Colours Red
ECI Status Registered Unrecognised Party[1]
Alliance Independent (2014-Incumbent)
Trinamool Congress+ (2009-2014)
Seats in Lok Sabha 0
Seats in Rajya Sabha 0

The Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) or SUCI(C), previously called the Socialist Unity Centre of India, is a communist party in India. The party was founded by Shibdas Ghosh, Nihar Mukherjee and others in 1948.


SUCI(C) is a communist party in India,[2] and follows a Marxist-Leninist ideological line formulated by Shibdas Ghosh. The party rejects political ideas such as glasnost and perestroika as revisionist, and claims to uphold the original intent of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and the thoughts of Ghosh.[3]

SUCI(C) holds that India is a capitalist country with monopoly capitalism and imperialist trends. In line with that analysis, the party works toward a socialist revolution, rather than a people's democratic revolution (like the Communist Party of India (Marxist)), a national democratic revolution (like the Communist Party of India) or a new democratic revolution (like the Naxalites).[4]

SUCI(C) leadership emphasises the qualitative upliftment of party cadres, workers of mass-organisations and supporters, by both theoretical study of Marxism-Leninism-Shibdas Ghosh Thought and the practical application of such knowledge in the day-to-day life of party workers. In various publications of the party, SUCI upholds the proletarian cultural standard, which, according to the leadership, should be achieved by the cadres, before they can lead the masses in the Socialist Revolution.

The 1st SUCI Party Congress was held in Kolkata in 1988. The 2nd party congress was held from 11–17 November 2009 in Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi attended by thousands of participants from 22 states and observers from several foreign countries. The current political line of the party was formulated in the 2nd party congress.[5][6][7] The party's name was changed from Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) to Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) [SUCI (C)] at the second party congress.[8]

Parliamentary politics

From its inception, SUCI took part in parliamentary elections and was part of the United Front governments in West Bengal in 1967–1969 and 1969–1970 together with CPI(M) and others. The party had a Member of Parliament (MP) in the 4th Lok Sabha from Jaynagar.[9][10] The SUCI had presence in the legislative assemblies of Assam, Bihar and Orissa at various times. In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections SUCI launched 56 candidates, 30 of them from West Bengal. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections SUCI declared 40 candidates from 12 states.[11]

As of 2009, Tarun Mondol, representing Jaynagar in West Bengal, is the party's sole MP. It has one MLA in West Bengal, Tarun K. Naskar, representing Jaynagar.[12]

Current situation

SUCI(C) members live in communes wherein they lead a simple life style. Day-to-day upkeep of the commune and the well being of the children of party members living in the communes are taken care by the shared efforts of party members. Major income of the party is from box collection in the streets and house to house collection; members who are employed hand in their salaries to the party. The party contests elections with the money collected through this transparent fund raising method.[13][14][15]

The stronghold of the party is in the South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, in areas such as Jaynagar Mazilpur where it controls certain municipalities.

SUCI(C) is actively involved in the ongoing anti-Special Economic Zone movements in India. The most notable of these movements that the party is active in are:

The party has formed a political front in West Bengal with All India Trinamool Congress to fight the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on an agreement that the alliance will maintain equidistance from the Indian National Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.[29][30]

The party won the Joynagar constituency in the 2009 general elections with a majority of 53,676 votes.[31]

Shibdas Ghosh, Founder General Secretary of SUCI
Nihar Mukherjee Memorial Meeting held in Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on 3 March 2010
International Women's Day, 2010, Parliament March organised by AIMSS against price-hikes, atrocities and crime on women and obscenity


The Gherao principle was introduced as a formal mode of protest in the trade union sector by Subodh Banarjee, who was a central committee member of SUCI and the PWD and Labor Minister in the 1967 and 1969 United Front Governments in West Bengal, respectively.[32][33][34]

One of the major campaigns of the party in West Bengal has been its agitations against the educational policy of the Left Front state government. The decision of the Left Front government to remove the English language from primary education sparked a mass movement led by the SUCI for the reinstatement of English.[35][36][37]

Below is a chronological list of campaigns organised by the SUCI(C) in West Bengal:

SUCI mural in Kolkata, announcing 'SUCI day' rally on 24 April


Provash Ghosh is the current leader of the party. He was elected as the General Secretary of the party by the central committee on 4 March 2010.[41]

After Shibdas Ghosh's death in 1976, Nihar Mukherjee, a co-founder of SUCI, became the General Secretary.[3] Mukherjee died of cardiac arrest on 18 February 2010 at Kolkatta.[42]

The central committee members of the party are:

The incumbent central committee and politburo was elected in the 2nd party congress.[43]

Secretaries of the State Committees of the party are:

Secretaries of the State Organising Committees are:

The MP of the party is:

The MLA of the party is:

Former Legislators of SUCI(C)

The former ministers of SUCI in West Bengal:

The former MP of the party was:

The former MLAs of the party were:[52][53]

Mass organisations

The principal mass organisations of SUCI(C) are:


The central organ of SUCI(C) is the Proletarian Era, an English forthnighly published from Kolkata.

Cover of Proletarian Era

The state committees of the party publishes:


In 2005 Probodh Purkait, a SUCI MLA who represented Kultali constituency for 30 years, was convicted for murder and sentenced to life term by the Calcutta High Court.[55] SUCI denounced the court ruling as a 'conspiracy of CPI(M)'.[56] Supreme Court of India on 27 February 2007 dismissed the appeal filed by Prabodh Purkait against the judgment passed by the Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court.[57] In April 2008, an SUCI leader Bidhan Chatterjee committed suicide citing the corruption in SUCI as the reason for his suicide. In a letter sent before his death, he accused that the SUCI leaders were "hobnobbing with real estate promoters and foreign-funded NGOs".[58][59] However, Sri. Provash Ghosh (General Secretary, SUCI(C)) has countered these allegations.[60]


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  3. 1 2 A brief introduction to the Socialist Unity Centre of India
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  6. India Vision News Clip – SUCI Party Congress inauguration (in Malayalam)
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  10. SUCI(C) banks on a doctor
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  15. Sreejan B, 26 April 2009, An uphill battle for the upright , Indian Express (National Daily), Thiruvananthapuram. Retrieved on 26 April 2009. Archived 16 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. 1 2 Singure issue triggers protests in Howrah
  17. Singur has turned violent thanks to brutal and anti-people stance of ironic communist government of West Bengal
  18. 1 2 Singur: Medha Patkar visits dead girl's family
  19. 1 2 Mamata resigns from LS
  20. 1 2 Extend support to Nandigram people: SUCI
  21. 1 2 SUCI Protests against repression in Nandigram
  22. 1 2 Nandigram turns blood red
  23. 1 2 Cancel SEZs in Bengal, Buddha urged
  24. SUCI demand
  25. Row over Moolampally rehabilitation package
  26. Aid for the family of deceased Vedi worker
  27. SUCI takes out march
  28. SUCI alleges CPI betrayed anti-Posco people in Orissa
  29. Trinamool-SUCI front organises first rally
  30. Trinamool Congress to tie up with SUCI
  31. CNN-IBN website
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  33. A defiant rebel
  34. Populist Governance Archived 18 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  35. Millions Rise Up For Total Bangla Bandh (total General Strike)
  36. Bandh call banks on past success
  37. Twist of the mother tongue
  38. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 How much do you know about SUCI?
    • 2011: The movement against anti eviction drive at Ranchi, Jharkhand. Forming a public Committee "BASTI BACHAO SANGRASH SAMITI". Lakhs of people protested against government forceful campaign .
    Trinamool-sponsored strike paralyses life in West Bengal
  39. 12-hour shutdown against price rise in West Bengal
  40. Provash Ghosh, SUCI General Secretary, Mathrubhumi Online, 5 March 2010, Kerala News (In Malayalam)
  41. SUCI General Secretary Nihar Mukherjee demised, Malayala Manorama, 20 February 2010, Page 9
  42. "Nihar Mukherjee again SUCI's General Secretary (In Malayalam)
  43. SUCI protest against price hike
  44. PE05152005.p65
  45. SUCI will field candidates in Gujarat elections
  46. PE11012009.p5
  47. SUCI banks on a doctor
  48. State Elections 2006 – Partywise Comparison for 103-Joynagar Constituency of West Bengal
  49. The Second United Front Archived 12 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  50. SUCI banks on doctors
  51. Key Highlights of General Election, 1967 to The Legislative Assembly of West Bengal Archived 10 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  52. Key Highlights of General Election, 1967 to The Legislative Assembly of West Bengal Archived 10 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  53. Ganadabi
  54. Life-term for MLA, Report in the Hindu
  55. Why CPI(M) conspires to implicate SUCI MLA and others in a false case
  56. PROBODH PURKAIT versus STATE OF WEST BENGAL & ORS: Judgment of the Supreme Court of India
  57. SUCI leader hangs himself in Puri-Body found two days after suicide threat to protest ‘corruption’ in party
  58. Life in an SUCI commune: Stalinist dogma and little else
  59. SUCI state secretary Provash Ghosh denies allegations
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