The political system of the country is being increasingly coming under the direct influence and power of the 'big capitals', CPI (M) General Sectary Prakash Karat said on Friday.
"If you make an analysis of the professions or the occupations of the elected representatives starting from the state legislatures to Parliament, you will find people who are directly in big business, who are direct executives, CEOs of corporates, are occupying the benches in the parliament," he said.
"And they are sitting on committees of Parliament which decides policies regarding their own sector, regarding their own industries," he said.
Karat was speaking at a panel discussion on 'Vision for a New India' at a function organised by the Indian Press Agency to celebrate its Golden Jubilee in New Delhi.
CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan also participated in the panel discussion.
Karat said that it is the Parliamentary democratic system alone which has protected the country so far from much of the dangers which visited upon other countries and society.
"But the political system we have is increasingly being vitiated...Earlier we used to attack, criticise the fact that you have elected representatives in the legislature, in the parliament, who are acting at the behest of the big business, corporate interests...But today you can't say that any more because those corporate interests or the big business have got themselves elected into parliament and into the legislatures," Karat said.