CPI asks JDS to join hands with them

Bangalore: CPI on Saturday asked JDS to join forces with them in their fight against "anti-people" policies of both UPA government at Centre and BJP government in the state.

"I call upon (JDS chief) Deve Gowda who is a son of the soil to join us and take the lead in our fight against anti-people policies of the (state and central) governments including price rise and anti-farmer policies", CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said addressing a public meeting on the eve of the party's three-day National Council Meet beginning here.

He flayed BJP government led by B S Yeddyurappa for its "total neglect'' of flood-ravaged people when thousands including farmers looked to the government for succour.

He also slammed UPA government for not universalising public distribution system, stopping forward trading of foodgrains and implementing the Essential Commodities Act ''which would have prevented price rise.''

Farmers' suicides especially those growing cash crops were on the rise, he said and urged them to fight for their rights. Appealing to people to strengthen CPI in the state, he said "we also want strong Left unity (among all four blocs)".

He said CPI would continue its fight against liberalisation and globalisation policies and had decided to give a nationwide call for "Parliament Chalo" during budget session to press for its demands in front of Parliament.

Gurudas Dasgupta, Lok Sabha MP and AITUC General Secretary said a "jail bharo" programme will be organised on March 4. "We are also planning a Bharat Bandh sometime soon against price rise", he said.