Hitting out at Home Minister P Chidambaram, CPI(M) on Sunday asked him to read reports of his own government carefully before criticising the Left parties for misquoting the same.
"The Home Minister would do well to study the reports of his own government more carefully in order to better his understanding of the prevailing socio-economic conditions of people in the country," a CPI(M) statement said.
Chidambaram, at a conference here yesterday, had said that the Left parties have been propagating a myth on poverty in the country and they would meet their Waterloo in the next 12 months.
"The Home Minister has termed the fact of 77 per cent of our population living below Rs 20 per day as a 'myth' propagated by the Left.
"He has done so by misquoting the Left as saying that 77 per cent of the population has a per capita income of Rs 20 per day. What the Left has been citing is the figure provided by the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector, which was set up by the UPA government in 2004," the statement said.
The report on Conditions of Work and Livelihoods in the Unorganised Sector submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by the NCEUS in August 2007, states this in the first page of its first chapter, the CPI(M) statement said, adding, the report was available in the public domain.