Left parties to evolve an alternative policy
Coimbatore: CPI's all-India party congress,
beginning in Patna on March 27, would debate prevailing
situation in the country and try to evolve an alternative
policy for the benefit of people looking for political change,
party National Secretary D Raja said on Sunday.
The five-day congress would also discuss the failure of
UPA in controlling inflation resulting in price rise, he told
Despite suffering the recent electoral reverses in
states, where it ruled, the Left parties are still a force to
reckon with and have the capability to intervene and change
the course of political situation in India, Raja said.
Charging UPA at the Centre with failure on all fronts, be
it social, agricultural or economic, he said it was not
justified on part of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to observe
that the hike in petrol prices was driven by market forces.
"If everything was left to the market forces, why should
Singh sit there as Prime Minister and Pranab Mukherjee as
Finance Minister," he asked and flayed oil market companies
for their remarks on lowering prices if Government wanted them
to do so.
There is need for a mid-term review of the policies being
pursued by the government and also mid-course correction, Raja
said alleging that the economic crisis had resulted from the
concession and soft corner shown towards big corporate houses.
Government had no political will to tackle corruption and
also flush out black money, parked in both in the country and
abroad, he said, adding, since both Congress and BJP followed
similar policies, there was an urgent need for an alternative
policy to save the country and its people.
The Left parties will raise issues like 2G spectrum scam,
black money, corruption and also passage of a strong Lokpal
Bill during the winter session of Parliament beginning on
November 22, Raja said.
Why was government hesitating to go into the details and
hold an inquiry into the role of P Chidambaram, the then
Finance Minister, in the 2G spectrum scam, he asked.
There was also the need for electoral reforms, by
bringing in issues like proportionate representation, state
funding for the polls and setting up of a National Judicial
Commission, particularly for the appointment Judges in various
courts, he said.