Underscoring the need of strong role of opposition parties against the neoliberal capitalist policies of the UPA government, the Communist Party of India (CPI) exhorted people to raise their voice against the crime against women, inflation, rampant corruption and policy of the government to promote corporate houses in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The party stalwarts, national and regional leaders, who gathered here during the two-day meeting to discuss emerging national and international political situation, including situation in Himachal Pradesh, further resolved to explore the possibilities of forming Himachal Lok Manch and to strengthen the party organisation by activating party branches from village level up to the highest body in the state.
Lashing out at the UPA government, CPI national general secretary Sudhakar Reddy said the wide-spread dissatisfaction among the masses owing to rising prices, corruption, insensitivity at all levels in administration and large scale unemployment, which is a result of neoliberal capitalist policies pursued by the United progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, was also being supported by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well.
In the last five years, concession of more than Rs. 36 lakh crore had been given to corporate houses, but neither the BJP nor any other political parties raised their voice against the anti-people and anti-nation decisions.
"The neoliberal policies are adding to the burden of the common man and large scale profits are being allowed to be pocketed by big corporate sectors," he added.
Reddy further said the Congress and the BJP were behaving as "match fixing" teams; corruption cases against former BJP president Nitin Gadkari and various other leaders had come to the fore. Similarly 2G scam, coal scam, scam in purchase of defence equipment etc painted the faces of both the parties with same colour, he added.
"The government has become insensitive to the problems of the masses and is working under pressure of the corporate houses, said Reddy, adding that an agitation against Pasco was being carried out in Odisha, where 4,000 acre of agricultural land could have been saved by shifting the site of the plant by 2-3 km, which is a barren government land, but the government as acting as an obedient friend of the Korean company in which the US has major share."
The Congress and the BJP were trying to divert the attention of the common people from major problems like unemployment, corruption, rising prices and failure of governance by raising names of Rahul Gandhi on one side and Narender Modi on the other in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Shashi Pandit, secretary of the CPI state council, said the meeting also demanded from the government to take effective steps to save crops of farmers and a compensation of Rs500 per bigha be also given to the farming community.
The khair trees should be recognised as a crop, and minimum wage of Rs10,000 should be announced, said Pandit, adding, by strengthening the Panchayti Raj institutions 80% employment was given to Himachali domiciles in private sectors.