THE COMMUNIST Party of India (Marxist), perceived to be a friend of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, has now trained its guns on the State Government for pursuing ‘anti-labour’ and ‘anti-farmer’ policies.
Now, the CPM plans to launch a movement on the issue of starvation deaths and exploitation of farmers in Uttar Pradesh.
The party will also oppose privatisation of Anpara ‘C’ and UP Cement Corporation Limited. A meeting of the party’s State committee was held on Sunday under the chairmanship of general secretary Prakash Karat, who has in the recent past shared the dais with Mulayam Singh Yadav in the State. The meeting passed a resolution, criticising the State Government’s decision to close down industrial units at Allahabad. Labourers were shunted out and the State Government took no step for their rehabilitation, the party said.
Party leaders said the government acquired farmland in Dadri and Varanasi at throwaway prices and handed them over to private companies. These companies were selling land to builders at a higher rate, it added.
Though the State Government acquired land for setting up special economic zones (SEZ), private companies were benefiting from SEZs, CPM leaders said. Farmers were facing double trouble, the party said. On the one hand, the government was forcibly acquiring their land and on the other hand, they were left with no job or land. The party took the State Government to task on the law and order front, too. Its leaders said though the State police eliminated many hardcore criminals, the law and order situation deteriorated at the grass roots level.
The party’s frontal organisation the All India Kisan Sabha will organise a Kisan Jatha Yatra to highlight farmers’ issues. The Janvadi Mahila Samiti will organise the Mahila Jatha Yatra and the students’ wing will organise yatras on students’ issues.
During the yatras, the CPM will also raise the issue of power, water, grain purchase, non-implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the failure of the Public Distribution System.
Karat briefed State committee members about the party’s stand on North Korea’s nuclear test and the Israeli Army’s attack on Lebanon.