Left parties join hands with TDP for anti-UPA fight over graft

The anti-corruption campaign would begin with a rally in Hyderabad and similar events will be organised in other state capitals, Naidu and the two Left leaders told reporters.

Hyderabad: Intensifying their battle
against the UPA Government on the 2G spectrum scam, the Left
parties and Telugu Desam on Wednesday said they will launch a
joint struggle on the issue of corruption by roping in more
outfits.

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, his CPI
counterpart A B Bardhan and TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu
held talks here after which they announced their plans for a
joint campaign against the Congress-led ruling coalition on
the corruption issue.

Karat said "the corrupt practices which were there
(allegedly) involving the Telecom Minister has connection to
the DMK in Tamil Nadu and I hope the investigation will reveal
the truth, full facts".

The anti-corruption campaign would begin with a rally
in Hyderabad and similar events will be organised in other
state capitals, Naidu and the two Left leaders told reporters.

The dates for the Hyderabad rally would soon be worked
out, they said.

"We fought in Parliament on the 2G spectrum issue. We
insisted on appointing a JPC to probe the issue. But Congress
did not accept the demand. Corruption took place in CWG games,
Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai and IPL. We need to go
to the people on these issues," Naidu said.

Karat asked why Congress did not agree for a Joint
Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the issue.

"We would like to ask the Manmohan Singh government
the reason for refusing a JPC."

The winter session of Parliament could not conduct
business because of the government`s refusal to accept the JPC
demand, the CPI(M) leader said.

Training his guns at the Prime Minister, Karat sought
to know why he was silent on the 2G spectrum issue when he
knew that the allocation of the scarce frequency ranges used
for telecommunications lacked transparency.

"The Prime Minister had written a letter to then
Telecom Minister A Raja in November 2007 itself asking him to
have a proper procedure. The main question now is why the
government did not act?"

Karat told reporters earlier that his party is in
touch with outfits like Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Biju Janta
Dal (BJD), Assam Gana Parishad (AGP), Janata Dal (Secular) and
AIADMK to kick-off the joint campaign.

To a query, Bardhan said there is no possibility of
inviting BJP, the main Opposition party in the Lok Sabha, to
the protests to be launched by the Left and TDP.

Condemning the fresh hike in prices of petrol, he said
the fuel rates have been increased six times after the Centre
announced de-regulation of their prices.

Demanding that the hike in fuel prices be withdrawn,
he said the parties would hold protests on this issue too.

Pointing out that the Left had opposed de-regulation
of fuel prices, Karat demanded that the government bring back
control of the prices.

PTI

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