Kolkata: The Left parties will begin a
countrywide agitation from next month against the Centre`s
"arrogance" in not accepting a demand for rollback of the hike
in fuel prices, CPI leader A B Bardhan said on Monday.
"The Left parties have decided to carry forward their
movement against the Centre which is arrogant and both blind
and deaf to the people`s suffering," the CPI general secretary
told a press conference here.
Without referring to the BJP, he said that all
Opposition parties had voiced their opposition to the sharp
hike in fuel prices "but the Centre remains arrogant".
Asked to comment on BJP`s participation in the July 5
`Bharat bandh`, Bardhan said the Left parties had called it
with secular and democratic forces. "If you (BJP) call the
bandh on the same day, it is welcome because it will have a
He also said his party demanded that poor people
should be identified for whom food security by the Centre was
earmarked. "Food security cannot be ensured by importing
To a question, he said that `wrong campaign` against
the Left Front government had caused damage to its reputation
for land reforms. He also stressed that fertile land should
not be acquired for industrial purposes.
Asked about the Left Front`s prospects in next
Assembly elections, he said "I`m not a fortune teller, but I
can say that the Left parties are fighting."