The decision of the ruling CPI-M in Kerala to form a "human chain" across the state on October 2 against the ASEAN trade pact was aimed at misinterpreting facts relating to the agreement, Minister of state for home affairs Mullapally Ramachandran said in Kozhikode on Tuesday.
"India cannot afford to stand isolated in the emerging globalised economy. The ASEAN pact would offer tremendous opportunities and challenges for the country to broaden its market base in the ASEAN member nations," he said.
The CPI-M's move to form "human chain" was a "ploy" to cover up and divert public attention from other burning issues, he alleged.
Pointing out that the Centre has enlisted 303 of 409 commodities under the negative list, he said the Free Trade Agreement would help India face challenges in the face of the emerging globalised economy.
The CPI (M) must be prepared to have a broader perspective on the issue instead of confining itself to the concerns of farmers in Kerala, he said at a seminar on Agriculture hosted by the `Kerala Karshaka Federation' of the Communist Marxist Party (CMP) led by former State Minister M V Raghavan.