CPI-M no to Vaiko request to call off agitation against Obama

CPI(M) state unit on Monday rejected MDMK leader Vaiko`s request to Left parties to call off the agitation against US President Barack Obama during his coming India visit.

Updated: Nov 01, 2010, 17:38 PM IST

Madurai: CPI(M) state unit on Monday rejected MDMK leader Vaiko`s request to Left parties to call off the agitation against US President Barack Obama during his coming
India visit, saying it was not against him, but only opposed to US `thrusting` globalisation on the country.

"Two hundred businessmen from US are accompanying Obama and their main agenda is to allow FDI in retail trade. This is what we oppose," state party secretary G Ramakrishnan said, while addressing a press meet here.

He said the CPI(M) MPs would however not boycott the US President`s address in Parliament.

He said only Vaiko should participate in the demonstrations organised by the CPIM in the interest of the nation. He also said his party has a different view on Obama`s visit and it would not affect ties between CPM and MDMK.

Criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for remaining silent on union telecom minister A Raja, embroiled in the 2G spectrum scam, he said Singh after having now come back, should take action against the minister after going through the Supreme Court`s latest observations on the scandal.

He said Raja should either resign in view of the Supreme Court`s observation or be removed by the Prime Minister. The CAG report also had clearly stated the exchequer had lost Rs 1.40 lakh crore due to the sale 2G spectrum licence, he said.

Stating that the CPI(M) was fighting for issues affecting people together with others, he said electoral alliance would be decided before the elections.

The CPM would organise an agitation against Obama`s visit on November 8, he said.

PTI