Left-led alternative alone can save country:Raja



Thiruvananthapuram: Accusing the UPA Government of pushing the country to an unprecedented "political, economic and moral crisis", CPI national secretary D Raja today said a Left-led alternative could alone save the nation from the grim scenario.

Addressing the concluding session of the five-day dharna organised by CPI here against the "anti-people polices" of the Centre, Raja said a Left-led alternative of progressive and democratic forces did not mean a mere political combination but an alliance that could put in place alternative policies and programmes to those of Congress and BJP.

"The country is passing through an unprecedented crisis. It is not just an economic or political crisis. It is also a moral crisis. Since Independence, India has not confronted such a situation", Raja said, referring to recent charges levelled against Robert Vadra and BJP president Nitin Gadkari by India Against Corruption.

"Now, there is a talk of the entire system collapsing. The country is slipping into instability. Do you think that the country could be saved. Yes, The country could be saved by the Left intervening effectively in the situation and fighting back", he said.

Raja said the prime task of Indian Left was to strengthen unity of the "democratic, progressive and patriotic sections" to fight the policies of the Manmohan Singh government. But if this goal had to be achieved, it was important to organise a series of struggles against the policies of the Government which had threatened the life of the masses and livelihood of the poor.

Raja said the central theme of allegations against Vadra and Gadkari involved land and it was for the Left to take up the issue vigorously and launch strong agitations for land reforms.

Alleging that the UPA Government's sole priority was to "protect" the interests of big national corporates and multi national companies, he said, the collapse of the Kingfisher Airline was a classic case in point.

"Kingfisher was showcased as a success story of liberalisation. Now what has happened to the success story. It is for the government to answer it", he said.

Coming to the Kerala scene, he said the state which had been known for communal harmony for long was now faced with the danger of communal polarisation.

Communal and casteist forces are trying to polarise the society and the Congress-led UDF Government led by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy would be held responsible for this dangerous situation, he added.

The five-day protest at the Martyrs' Column in the city was inaugurated by CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy earlier this week.

The protest, which drew hundreds of party workers, highlighted issues like price rise, curtailing of LPG subsidy and FDI in retail, over which CPI and other Left parties have launched a nationwide campaign.

PTI