(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 13, 2011
Towards A New Alternative
Muralidharan from Moga
newly-launched ‘Sanjha Morcha’ (United Front) kicked off its
with an impressive rally at Dhudike in Moga district on
November 6. The four-party
front comprising the Peoples’ Party of Punjab (
The choice of Dhudike as the venue is significant. It is the birth place of Lala Lajpat Rai, who was killed after lathis were rained on him by the British police while leading a protest march against the Simon Commission in 1928.
Speaking on the
occasion, CPI(M) general
secretary, Prakash Karat said that a change is going to come
He called upon the
cannot be an
alternative” as the UPA government led by it has
“established a record in
corruption”. Since the 2009 elections, one scam after the
other is being
exposed. If the Congress thinks it will win the next
CPI general secretary, A B Bardhan underscored that the Morcha was not formed to fight elections alone. “Elections will come and go”, he said. He observed that the Congress-led UPA government at the centre was committing suicide by repeatedly hiking fuel prices. This is having a cascading effect. Already inflation has touched a high of 12.2 per cent and the current increase in the prices of petrol would only accentuate this. Ridiculing the BJP and the yatra undertaken by Advani, Bardhan pointed out that the BJP was no different from the Congress. “As far as corruption is concerned”, he said, it is “equally steeped deep in corruption”. The Karnataka chief minister had to resign in the face of an indictment by the Lokayukta and is currently in jail, he added.
The CMP of the Sanjha Morcha released on the occasion lays down a concrete roadmap for reviving the economy of the state and its development.
Singh Badal, president of the PPP said it was time that the
against the misrule” by the SAD-BJP combine and the Congress
if the “honour of
Announcing some of the promises made in the CMP, the PPP chief and also the chairman of the Sanja Morcha said that if the Front comes to power, they would launch a Bhagat Singh Rojgar Yojana and create one lakh jobs per year. As a measure to arrest the trend of declining male-female ratio, the day a girl child is born Rs 5000 would be deposited in her name. On maturity the girl would be able to get Rs 50,000. The CMP also promises to open 25 new colleges and hospitals in the first year, besides the establishment of a Babasaheb Ambedkar Awas Yojana for providing housing to the socially and economically backward sections.
Speaker after speaker dwelt on the rampant corruption during the rule of the Badals which has surpassed earlier records. It is estimated that chief minister Badal and his family have grabbed about Rs 5,000 crore through their monopoly in sand mining, cable business and the private transport companies at the cost of public exchequer during the four and half years of their rule.
crisis in the agrarian
sector is reflected in the number of suicides during the
last four and a half
years. Nearly 500 peasants and agricultural workers have
owing to indebtedness. Roughly 80 per cent of the peasantry
plaguing the state is
the increasing incidence of cancer, especially in the three
districts of Sangrur,
Mansa and Bhatinda (also known as the “cotton belt”) in the
Unrestricted use of pesticides, including endosulfan and
their residue seeping
into ground water is believed to be behind this. There is no
hospital to treat cancer in the entire region forcing
patients to travel long
distances. Even facilities available at
The plight of the agricultural workers is even worse. They get hardly eighty days of employment per year. Unemployment is on the rise with 45 per cent of the youth remaining without jobs currently. These frustrated youth are getting addicted to drugs, which has reached alarming proportions with even the government admitting that seven out of ten youth is addicted to one kind of drug or the other.
Among the others who spoke on the occasion were former governor and chief minister, Surjit Singh Barnala who is also the president of the SAD (Longowal), CPI state secretary Nirmal Singh and a host of PPP leaders.