Budget session: Left to raise corruption, price ri

Corruption, high price rise, unemployment and Maoists issue would be the main focus of the Left parties during the remaining part of Budget Session.

New Delhi: Corruption, high price rise, unemployment and the issue of the heightened activities of Maoists would be the main focus of the Left parties during the remaining part of the Budget Session of Parliament starting on Tuesday.

Both the CPI and the CPI(M) would coordinate with other Opposition parties to raise these issues in both Houses of Parliament, Left sources said here.

While CPI(M) leaders in Parliament met here today, the CPI`s Central Secretariat would meet tomorrow to decide the party`s strategy in Parliament.

The series of recent abductions carried out by Maoists, including that of a Chhattisgarh collector, and the increased activities of the extremists would be raised by these parties.
CPI`s D Raja and CPI(M) sources said they would focus on the Finance Bill and oppose "several provisions which go against the interests of the poor and weaker sections".

On the Lokpal Bill which the government has promised to table in the Rajya Sabha this session, Raja, CPI`s National Secretary, said, "We will have to see whether any changes have been brought in the bill and what these are."

CPI(M) sources said the government`s Lokpal bill "has been rejected by large sections of the people and is not acceptable to the Left and most of the opposition parties."
"In such a situation, there is no other way for the government, but to bring a modified or fresh Bill which can pave the way for an effective Lokpal and the government has to bow down to public pressure and bring a fresh legislation," they said.

The Left parties would also focus on "a series of cases of corruption", apart from the high prices of essential commodities and unemployment, the sources said.


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