Kolkata: CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat on Friday said that the Union budget has "failed" to address the major concern of the masses and questioned the reason behind cutting oil subsidy and increasing the tax concession for the corporates.
"There has been a sharp decline in petroleum subsidy, for diesel, petrol and other oil products. Which means they will raise the prices of petrol, diesel to international level, which will be a big burden on the masses," Karat said on the sidelines of flagging off the Sangharsh Sandesh Jatha from Kolkata.
The CPI(M) is conducting a Sangharsh Sandesh Jatha which will traverse the length and breadth of the country. Four main jathas will start from Kanyakumari, Kolkata, Mumbai and Amritsar to Delhi. At the conclusion of these jathas, there will be a massive rally at Delhi on March 19.
The purpose of the jatha is to highlight some of the main problems and issues facing the people and to set out alternative policies advocated by the CPI(M).
It will also highlight the policies of the UPA government at the Centre, which have resulted in continuous price rise, agrarian distress, growing unemployment and massive corruption.
Meanwhile, terming the victory of the party in Tripura as historic, Karat said the fifth straight win proved that the policies of the Left Front has found takers among the masses.
"The victory in Tripura is historic, because the Left Front has been elected for the fifth successive term. This shows that policies and performance of Left Front government in Tripura has found wide acceptance among the masses," Karat said on the sidelines of the `Sangharsh Sandesh Jatha` flagging off ceremony here.
The Left Front in Tripura yesterday retained power for the fifth consecutive time since 1993 with the coalition securing three-fourths majority by winning 50 of the 60 Assembly seats.
The CPI(M) has embarked on a `Sangharsh Sandesh Jatha,` which will traverse the length and breadth of the country to apprise the masses about the alleged anti-people policies of the UPA regime.