CPI(M) critical about Chidambaram`s comment

Last Updated: Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 20:30

Kolkata: The CPI(M) on Sunday criticised Union
Home Minister P Chidambaram for saying that Left parties were
spreading myths about poverty in the country and that they
would `meet their Waterloo` in the next Assembly election.

The Party`s Central Committee member Nirupam Sen it was
only the Left parties which had been questioning the Centre`s
anti-people economic policies since long.

"What we are saying now is nothing new and very much
based on the report of Arjun Sengupta Commission appointed by
the UPA Government," Sen said here.

The National Commission for Enterprises in Unorganised
Sector was set up by the Congress-led UPA Government in
September 2004 with Arjun Sengupta as its chairman. It
presented its report on social security for unorganised
workers on May 16, 2006, to the Prime Minister, Sen said.

"As long as we were with the UPA, we tried to move the
government in right direction with right economic policies
for the benefit of the people. But the UPA 2, led by Congress,
deviated from the path compromising the nation`s interest,"
Sen, who is also the state Commerce and Industry Minister,
said.

"The positive results the UPA government achieved
initially was due to pressure from Left parties. Many economic
parameters improved during this period which the Congress
cannot deny."

"We will continue to voice opposition against the
Centre`s anti-people economic policies and whatever
Chidambaram had said was prompted only by his anti-Left
stance," he said.

Chidambaram yesterday said the Left parties had been
propagating the myth that 77 per cent of people of the country
had income of only Rs 20 daily.

"That is a myth that is being spread in the last three
four years by the Left parties in West Bengal. But, they will
meet their Waterloo in the next 12 months," Chidambaram had
said referring to the forthcoming assembly elections in that
state.

Sen, however, said, "Let us see what happens after 12
months."

"We will continue to voice opposition against the
Centre`s anti-people economic policies and whatever
Chidambaram had said was prompted only by his anti-Left
stance," he said.

Chidambaram yesterday said the Left parties had been
propagating the myth that 77 per cent of people of the country
had income of only Rs 20 daily.

"That is a myth that is being spread in the last three
four years by the Left parties in West Bengal. But, they will
meet their Waterloo in the next 12 months," Chidambaram had
said referring to the forthcoming assembly elections in that
state.

Sen, however, said, "Let us see what happens after 12
months."

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 20:30

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