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CPI(M) will intensify struggle against rising prices: Karat

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 17:21

New Delhi: Claiming that their recent
nation-wide strike was a "big success", CPI(M) today said it
would intensify the struggle against rising prices and would
not be deterred by the "politically motivated propaganda"
losses the hartal caused to the nation.

Left parties will coordinate with secular opposition
parties to take up the petroleum products price hike in
Parliament in the forthcoming monsoon session and consult on
how to develop the movement outside, party General Secretary
Prakash Karat said.

Noting that the success of the July 5 stir had led to the
"usual" criticism of huge losses to the nation, he said "this
cry is being raised by the very quarters who have received tax
concessions worth thousands of crores in the last budget and
who are being promised more in the Direct Taxes Code to be
promulgated shortly".

"Taxes foregone through various exemptions to the
corporate sector alone amounted to Rs 80,000 crore in 2009-
10," Karat said in an article in the forthcoming issue of CPI
(M) organ `People`s Democracy`.

Lashing out at the Trinamool Congress, he said it "has
been stripped off all its pretentious of defending people`s
interests by being part of the central government and going
along with these anti-people measures".

While the Congress accused the Left of joining hands with
BJP, the "corporate media is amusingly concerned about the
ideological purity of the CPI(M)".

He said four Left parties along with SP, AIADMK, TDP,
BJD, JD(S), INLD and AGP gave the call for the hartal. "Even
the RJD and the LJP, which support the UPA government, have
given a call for a bandh on July 10 in Bihar".

"Faced with such a big attack on the people`s livelihood,
no opposition party could keep away from an all-India protest.
Other opposition parties, mainly the NDA, also gave a call for
a bandh," Karat said.

Maintaining that the CPI(M) has opposed the petroleum
pricing policies of successive governments, he said during the
United Front government, when a deregulation policy was
announced, the CPI(M) had strongly objected to it.
The CPI(M) had pointed out what steps should be taken to
reduce the oil pool deficit. The UF government could not
implement this policy as it did not last long after the
notification, he said.

"However, deregulation was implemented by the NDA
government in 2002 by dismantling the Administered Price
Mechanism (APM). The CPI(M) opposed the policy and conducted
agitations against the price hikes of petroleum products. The
deregulation policy was discontinued in 2004," Karat said.
Now, the Manmohan Singh government`s decision to
deregulate petroleum prices would be met with "strong
opposition from the CPI(M)", he added.


First Published: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 17:21
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