(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 17, 2010
Left will have Greater Presence
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Karat addressed an election meeting in Gorhela village in favour of CPI(M) candidate in Bahadurpur constituency, Shyam Bharathi. A significant feature of this constituency is the fact that the CPI(M) candidate is a dalit and he is fighting from a general constituency. Forty five year old Bharathi is an active fighter for people's cause in these areas for the last many years and this is his first electoral battle.
Nitish Kumar government for pursuing similar neo-liberal economic
the UPA government at the centre. He was particularly critical about
non-implementation of land reforms and neglect of agriculture in a
there are maximum number of landless people and more than 60 per cent
on agriculture. Darbhanga and surrounding districts are prone to floods
drought alternatively but the people are left to fend for themselves
help from the centre or the state government. The agrarian crisis is
intensifying to an unprecedented level with market economic policies
the governments who are cutting subsidies and increasing the input
such a situation, Karat stressed that the ongoing land struggle in
Karat lampooned the prime minister and Congress leaders talk of robust economic growth in the country by saying that this has only resulted in the growth of dollar billionaires in the country (worth more than Rs 5000 crore) from 52 in 2009 to 69 in 2010. Of them, one person alone has assets worth Rs 1,69,000 crore while some have assets worth more than Rs 50,000 crore. This contrasts with a situation where lakhs of farmers have been committing suicide as farming is becoming increasingly unviable.
Karat criticised the Nitish government for not implementing MNREGA properly in the state and asked the people to question the government. This Act was brought into existence with the tremendous pressure brought upon the UPA government by the Left parties. The Congress and the government were not at all in favour of bringing this Act and are now trying to dilute it through tardy implementation, he charged.
Mentioning the ongoing discussions on the proposed Food Security Act, Karat asserted that the CPI(M) would continue to mount pressure on the government for incorporating the universalisation of PDS in the Act. “The government wants to continue the division of the poor into BPL and APL. This is not acceptable. It is also trying to limit the implementation of the Act to just 150 districts out of the 600 districts in the country. We have to keep up the struggle to force the government to accept universalisation of PDS”, he said amidst applause from the audience.
Later, over the next two days Prakash Karat addressed election meetings in Madhubani and Samasthipur districts, including a massive meeting in Narhan in favour of sitting CPI(M) MLA and state secretariat member Ramdev Verma who is seeking re-election from Vibhutipur constituency.
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