Friday, September 22, 2006

CPI sees red on SEZ issue

NEW DELHI, SEPT 20: The CPI on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on the government, particularly on the issue of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and price rise of essential commodities. It accused the Centre of ‘betraying’ the spirit of the common minimum programme.
The party’s top policy making body, the central secratariat, came out with a statement saying, “a new breed of ‘mansabdars’ and ‘zamindars’ are being created by the government under a legalised framework of the SEZ Act and a mis-interpretation of the Land Acquisition Act. Everywhere, the state is resorting to coercion against the poor and the farmers to help business houses.”

On the issue of price rise and food security, it said, “forward trading in foodgrains has been permitted by the government and it must enforce de-hoarding and the Essential Commodities Act should be applied effectively.”

Talking to FE, party leader AB Bardhan dragged Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in the SEZ controversy and said, “his government is no longer socialist. They have collaborated with private businessmen to sell-off everything. We will not align with him in the name of ‘secularism,’ because there are other parties that are more secular.”

In UP, the CPI leadership decided to align with former Prime Minister VP Singh-led Jan Morcha’ and campaign against the Samajwadi Party. In Punjab, the party along with the CPI(M) is in the process of forging an alliance with smaller parties and has decided to campaign against both the BJP-Akali combine as well as the Congress party.

During the last assembly elections in the state, the Left parties had fought alongside the Congress.


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