CPM campaign from Sept 12 to `defend` Left in WB

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 17:35

Vijayawada: The CPI(M) will launch an
all-India solidarity campaign from September 12 to "defend"
the Left movement in West Bengal, where the party faces the
crucial assembly elections next year.

The party said it will highlight the situation in West
Bengal and the "attacks" by "reactionary forces" on the Left
Front government, expose the Trinamool-Maoist "nexus" and
galvanise support from democratic forces to defend the Left.

Briefing the media about the deliberations at the
four-day Extended Central Committee meeting of the party that
concluded here today, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat
said the Trinamool Congress and the outlawed Maoists forged a
"nexus" in West Bengal while other "reactionary forces" were
making efforts to damage the Left.

He termed the Trinamool Congress-Congress tie-up as a
"combination with strains and stresses" and emphasised that
the main target of CPI(M) in West Bengal was the TC. "Congress
is only a junior partner in the alliance with TC," he said.

The CPI(M) faces a crucial electoral test next year in
the state, where the party had been defeated by Mamata
Banerjee`s Trinamool in nearly all elections at various levels
starting from the Lok Sabha polls in 2009.

Karat once again demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh should tell where the government of India stood on the
issue of TC`s "collaboration" with the Maoists in the light of
Mamata`s rally at Naxal stronghold Lalgarh yesterday.

The CPI(M) would expose the TC-Maoist "nexus" in the
state where more than 250 party workers were killed by the
outlaws in recent times, he said. "Of the 250 killed, 38 were
adivasis," Karat said.

The CPI(M) General Secretary admitted that the Nandigram
episode caused damage to the party`s image but blamed it on
the "sustained vilification campaign" launched by TC and other
opposition parties.

"We are against acquisition of large tracts of land for
Special Economic Zones, mining companies and corporates. We
will stand with farmers and tribals against forcible
acquisition of land under the 1984 Land Acquisition Act.

"We want the Act scrapped and a new legislation brought
in that will ensure acquisition of land through consent and
payment of adequate compensation and rehabilitation to the
owners," Karat said.

He asserted that the Left Front government in West Bengal
was not allowing large SEZs in hundreds and thousands of acres
of land. There were only three notified SEZs in the Left-ruled
state, he pointed out.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 17:35

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