People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 49

December 05, 2010




CPI(M) to Have Campaign Week on Scams Issue


THE Punjab state unit of the CPI(M) has decided to conduct a vigorous week-long people’s campaign from December 5 to 11 against the spate of scams that have recently come to light. These include the mega size scam in the allotment of 2G spectrums, in the Adarsh housing scheme of Mumbai and in the recently held Commonwealth games. 


The information comes from a statement issued by Charan Singh Virdi, secretary of the CPI(M)’s state unit, from Chandigarh on November 30.


The party, according to the statement, has decided to conduct at least 20 public rallies in each district in the said period. The aim of these rallies is to bring to the notice of the people all the noxious details about these and other scams.


While exposing the misdeeds of the ministers in the UPA government and other top leaders of the Congress party, these rallies would also highlight the corruption cases involving the BJP leaders in Karnataka and other states where this party is in power.


Linking these numerous scams with the neo-liberal policies which the central and many state governments are pursuing today, Virdi said the unholy nexus of the multinational companies, indigenous monopoly bourgeoisie, contractors, corrupt politicians and bureaucrats is looting with open hands the public sector that was developed with the swat and blood of the common people, and it is the latter who are being made to bear the burden of all this loot in the form of excruciating price rises and the like. The CPI(M) leader said the week-long campaign of the party would demand identification of the culprits in these scams and due punishment to them. The campaign will also demand constitution of a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to go to the depths of the 2G spectrum scam. In this connection, Virdi asked why the prime minister is feeling shy of constituting a JPC to probe this scam if his government has been doing everything transparently as he claims.


The party has asked all its lower units to gear up for this campaign and mobilise people in large numbers on the campaign’s demands.