CPI attacks Govt on economic policies

CPI attacks Govt on economic policies
New Delhi, Jan 23 (PTI) Close on the heels of criticism by CPI(M), the CPI today attacked the Congress-led UPA government for its economic policies, but said it would continue support so long as it implements the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) as it reflects a "change" in policy direction.

"Our support to the UPA government was a political necessity because BJP must go and a secular government take its place," party General Secretary A B Bardhan told reporters while releasing the Draft Political Resolution for debate in its party and the public before final adoption at the 19th Party Congress in Chandigarh from March 29 to April three.

Calling for building up pressure on the government for implementation of the CMP provisions, he made it clear that "there shall be no comfort provided to the BJP by any conflict between the UPA and the Left".

He said the Left parties were in a "unique position where they can openly spell out their concerns, voice their distinct opinion on policies and keep a vigilant eye on the general performance of the government".

"At the same time, it can mobilise the masses against all deviations from CMP and enforcing its implementation", Bardhan said, adding "this is an unusual and unique situation, which provides opportunity for the Left".

Observing that Congress attitude towards the two communist parties "remains one of trying to marginalise them as much as possible", he said the Congress performance was "dismal" wherever it had to fight alone against the BJP or Left.

Bardhan said most of the second-rung and state leaders of Congress "continue to think that they can come to power on their own strength and hesitate to have any adjustment with other secular parties".

Maintaining that it would adopt a "positive approach" towards regional parties and groups while criticising their "narrow, sectarian stands" on issues, Bardhan said the party would "determine its attitude to any other transitional stage, depending on the developing situation".

The resolution asserted that while the party would relentlessly combat "communal and reactionary" policies of BJP, it would strive to check the Congress and strengthen Left, while opposing any "drift to the right".

On a self-critical note, the draft resolution pointed out that "there are vast tracts of India where no Party unit exists or are very weak. This is especially so in the sprawling Hindi belt and the western states. It is clear that the party cannot act decisively on a national plane when such is the situation".

"One can take very good decisions, pass correct political resolutions and give fine slogans. But unless party organisations exist and have live contact with the masses, they will remain only on paper", the draft resolution said while calling for strengthening and expanding the party in these regions and emphasising on the need to attract the youth.

Keeping up its attack on the Congress, the CPI said in states like West Bengal where the Left is strong, the Congress has not hesitated to enter into "opportunist" alliance with the "Trinamool Congress" - an ally of the BJP, in panchayats, municipal bodies, with a view to counter the Left. Similarly, in Kerala, they entered into clandestine arrangements with RSS and BJP elements.

Stating that the biggest guarantor of India's secular polity was "the overwhelming majority of our people who are secular minded" the resolution said the rise of Hindu fundmentalism in certain section in the name of Hindutva has given rise to Muslim fundamentalism in some sections.

"The one fuels the other, and both tear the fabric of secularism in the country. Both have to be countered," it said.

It said the Party Congress meets in a political situation which is essentially different from the one that prevailed only a year back. There has been a momentous change in the political scene, the resolution said.

"This was mainly due to the people's desire to put an end to the communal politics of the NDA regime which caused a revulsion among the vast majority of our secular minded people and a feeling of insecurity and apprehension among minorities, coupled with the mounting anger of different sections of the toiling masses against the anti-people economic and other policies of the NDA Government," it said.

The resolution said that Left parties emerged with the largest representation so far in parliament and thus enabled it to not only act as a "unifying and motivating factor in the formation of a secular government, but also to ensure it has a stable majority and a credible progressive programme.

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