(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 19, 2011
UPA-2 Govt is Directionless: Yechury
THE present UPA-2 government is a directionless, one reeling under one corruption scandal or another, said CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury.
made this remark while addressing a Meet the Press programme organised
AP Union of Working Journalists in
Yechury reiterated the CPI(M) stand that corruption can be curbed through a multi-pronged approach of which Lokpal Bill with prime minister in its ambit is one crucial part. Judicial reforms as well as electoral reforms including the banning of corporate funding for political parties must be undertaken. The corporate bodies provide funds as they are getting huge tax concessions. Corporate funds to political parties must be banned and a different system evolved whereby funds must be given to either the Election Commission or some other government organisation and a corpus created from these amounts, he suggested. It should be ensured that these funds reach the political parties in the form of services and not as hard cash, advised Yechury. He proposed serious action against the political parties that resort to electoral irregularities in the form of distribution of money.
He said the Central Committee of the party identified the mistakes committed, leading to the Left Front losing power in Bengal after a record 34 years. Elaborating on this aspect, he said that where acquisition of agricultural land is unavoidable, a meeting with the farmers and all local political leaders and cadres must be organised and only then a decision on acquisition procurement of land must be taken. But this did not occur at Singur. The Left Front, which contested the 2006 assembly elections with the slogan of industrialisation, got over a three-fourths majority. Because of this, its government came to the false conclusion that all the people are with it in the process of industrialisation that it had undertaken. The preliminary exercises and preparations needed for land procurement were not done. Some such mistakes took place and they were identified, said the CPI(M) leader. He revealed that the Central Committee has chalked out corrective measures in order to win over the alienated sections.
about the unity of the Left parties, Yechury said every progressive
a greater unity of Left parties. But there are two methods in achieving
method is that leaders at the top of the individual parties join hands
declare unity, and the other is the merger of the local level cadres,
feelings of unity. The second method, we believe, is good for the
Attempts are going on in that direction. Mass organisations are
together on various issues, said Yechury. But the question of merger is
on the agenda. It can come only when all the issues that caused the
1964 are resolved, in the first place, he said. (