People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 09, 2004
M K Pandhe’s Election Speech On AIR
brothers and sisters,
is the May Day, International Day of working class solidarity. I convey my warm
greetings to all workers of India on the occasion of this historic day. On
behalf of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) I appeal to the people of India
that in this Parliamentary elections they should vote for formation of the
government at the centre which will give proper attention to the urgent issues
facing the people of our country.
NDA government has spent crores of rupees of tax payers money for a campaign to
paint before the people of India a rosy picture of the work done by them.
According to my Party this type of false propaganda is a gross misuse of public
money. If the same money would have been used for revival of several of our sick
industrial units or for irrigation projects, the country would have benefited
many times more.
a result of the policies of globalisation implemented by the NDA government, the
toiling people of our country are facing acute difficulties in their day to day
life. The government promised to create one crore jobs every year but today we
find the number of unemployed people has increased tremendously all over the
country. Even the prime minister has given a call to reduce the number of
central government employees by 10 per cent over a period of five years. Under
the rule of the NDA government three lakh workers in public sector undertakings
have lost their jobs. Six lakh industrial units have been closed down in the
country as a result of which the conditions of unemployment have grown from bad
to worse. The availability of jobs to agricultural workers has gone down
drastically, who now get work for less than 100 days in a year.
rate of interest of the Provident Fund has been brought down from 12 to 9 per
cent as result of which the working class of country has been deprived of Rs
3,600 crore of retirement benefit every year. Kerosene, soap, sugar, clothing,
foodgrains and other essential commodities have become extremely expensive which
is imposing unbearable burden on the poor people. The commodities supplied
through Public Distribution System have become so costly that less and less
number of people are in a position to purchase foodgrains from these shops.
NDA government has been loudly talking about “India Shining” and “Feel
Good” in their election campaign. However, we cannot ignore the fact that
one third of the people in the world living in acute poverty are staying in
India. The largest number of child labour in the world are working in India.
According to United Nations Human Development Index out of 175 countries India
is ranked at 127. Under these circumstances to talk about India becoming a super
power by 2020 is only an attempt to hoodwink the people of our country.
NDA rule every sale of public sector undertakings has become a scandal. Even the
prime minister’s office is not free from these scams. This matter was raised
in Parliament even by MPs belonging to the ruling party. The Vigilance
Commission drew the attention of the prime minister to the misuse of public
sector funds by several ministers. However, no action was taken in this regard
NDA government has been attacking the trade union rights of the workers,
including the right to strike. The recommendations of the Second National Labour
Commission are being accepted by the NDA government which will give right of
hire and fire to the employers, while contractarisation of jobs will be
increased tremendously. It is well known that incidents of sexual harassment of
women at the work place are increasing day by day.
Social Security Scheme for the unorganised workers announced by the government
recently is only an election gimmick. The workers have been given empty promises
of big benefits without passing a law on the question. Thirty seven crores
workers of this sector should understand the real meaning of the scheme and
should not get trapped by false promises.
The NDA government deliberately delayed the bringing of the Bill on womens reservation in Parliament. It has resorted to saffronisation and privatisation of education. The BJP is spreading hatred against minority communities throughout the country.
these circumstances, it is the paramount duty of Indian people to give a
resounding defeat to this anti-people government. The Communist Party of India
(Marxist) appeals to the people to vote in favour of Left, secular and
democratic forces so that the country can be saved from the machinations of
imperialist, communal and divisive forces for ever.
(May 1, 2004)