CPI plans major stir against Centre, BJP-ruled states over corruption

  • Pawan Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2015 08:35 IST

Mounting fresh attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for maintaining a "mysterious silence" on Lalit Modi controversy, the national council of Communist Party of India (CPI) on Wednesday decided to launch a nationwide stir targeting "corruption" in the central government and BJP-ruled states.

The CPI national council-party's highest decision-making body-is holding a three-day brainstorming session here to chalk out a multi-pronged roadmap to revive the falling fortunes of the party and make a comeback to the national political arena. The national council on Wednesday adopted four resolutions---three pertaining to corruption under the BJP rule.

The thrust of CPI's multi-pronged anti-corruption offensive against the BJP will be on issues such as Modigate, Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and involvement of Maharashtra ministers in different corruption cases.

The CPI top brass called upon the party units and all democratic sections to launch a countrywide campaign against corruption under the BJP rule.

"All Left parties will join hands to corner the Modi government. It will be huge campaign against Modi regime on corruption front," D Raja, the national council secretary of the CPI, told Hindustan Times.

On July 5 the coordination committee meeting of six Left parties --- CPI, CPM, Socialist Unity Centre of India (communist), RSP, Forward Block, CPIML (liberation)---will be held in Delhi to give final shape to the proposed nationwide agitation.

"We have decided to observe "quit corruption day" probably on August 9. But, we are not announcing the final date as consultations are on with other Left parties. The dates will be finalised on July 5," party spokesperson Shamim Faizi said.

The national council also expressed "profound concern" over "corruption and scams" under the BJP rule, saying Modi's claim of giving "corruption-free and scam-free" government stood exposed by Lalit Modi episode. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, the CPI alleged, was guilty of misuse of office, while Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhra Raje "has taken political and financial corruption to a new height." And, the human resource minister Smriti Irani has submitted a false affidavit about her educational qualification, it claimed.

"The national council wants the tainted ministers to quit immediately. If they are not willing, then the Prime Minister should sack them," said the party spokesperson, demanding action against Maharashtra ministers facing allegations of corruption.

"On the eve of completing one year in power, the PM claimed to have provided a corruption-free regime. But within 15 days, the biggest scam, Modigate, came to light. The PM who is in habit of tweeting on every subject is not ready to say anything on this major scam," the CPI said.

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