Chandigarh: The CPI(M) on Saturday said that all parties should accept the court verdict on the Ayodhya title suit to be pronounced later this month as talks have failed to resolve the issue.
"All sections should accept the court verdict, whatever it may be. Only a judicial order can resolve the Ayodhya issue as negotiations have failed," CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat told reporters here.
The Allahabad High Court will pronounce its verdict on September 24 on the Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit. "We feel that to settle the issue all parties should accept the court verdict as talks have failed to resolve the issue. Whatever the judgement may be, it should be accepted by all. The dissatisfied parties can approach the Supreme Court," he said.
Demanding that the government distribute free food grains to the poor, Karat said that though Punjab and other areas in North India were reeling under floods following heavy rains, many other areas in the country, including Bihar, were facing drought.
"We demand that the Supreme Court order on free distribution of food grains rotting in the godowns of the FCI should be implemented. The foodgrains should at least be distributed through the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the drought affected areas of Bihar and other states," he said.
Karat said that his party did not agree with the Centre`s assertion that the farmers will suffer due to free distribution of food grains.
"The farmers have already got their price as the food grains has been procured by the central agencies after making payments to the farmers," he said.
Replying to a question, he said that the party agreed with the Prime Minister`s assertion that the Supreme Court should not interfere in executive`s domain of policy making, but he added that the apex court order on food grain distribution has come following the failure of the public distribution system.
"When the rats are eating the food in the FCI godowns, why can`t it be distributed under the PDS to the poor and those living in drought-hit areas," the Left leader questioned.
Karat charged the UPA government at the Centre with failing to act against Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee whose Trinamool Congress had forged what he described as an "unholy alliance" in West Bengal to oust the CPI(M) from power in assembly elections in the state.
"It is regrettable that Mamta openly participated in a Maoist rally at Lalgarh on August 7, but the UPA government kept quite even though one of its ministers shared the stage with the Maoists," he said. "How can the government and the Prime Minister tolerate this?".
He said that the CPI(M) would launch a countrywide campaign from tomorrow on the issue.
"The Centre should explain how it is tolerating its minister supporting the Maoists who have indulged in violence against the CPM cadres," Karat said.
"On one hand it sends the central Paramilitary forces to assist the state police in tackling the Maoist problem and on the other hand a central minister shares the stage with these very Maoists," he said.
Karat opposed Union Cabinet’s move to have a caste census ext year.
"We do not want a general cast census. We are for enumerating the other back ward classes in the same manner in which SC/ST are done," he said.