SENIOR CPM leader Subhashni Ali said that Vande Mataram is a non-issue for the party.
Talking to newsmen here on Thursday, Ali stated that a section of a particular community has objection to some stanzas of the National Song and therefore the party was not in favour of its compulsory recital.
On proposed reservation for OBCs in higher education institutions, Ali said, “In the larger interest of the backward community, party was in favour of reservation for OBCs.”
However, Ali said that she was also in favour of exclusion of creamy layer from the proposed reservation.
About proposed visit of the party general secretary Prakash Karat on September 1, Ali informed that the public meeting was a part of the nation-wide campaign launched by the CPM against the Union Government.
CPM leader held the Union Government responsible for increasing prices of all essential commodities in the country and for the non-fulfillment of promises made under the Common Minimum Program (CPM). CPM leader also criticised the Union Government for its foreign policy and foreign direct investment (FDI).
The Central Government was also criticised for relaxing labour laws promoting forward trading, which had led to abnormal increase in prices of essential commodities. The State Government was also criticised for not implementing the recommendations of the minimum wages board.
During his Kanpur visit, party general secretary Prakash Karat is expected to raise the issues related to closure of JK Cotton, JK Jute, the lockout at LML and the revival of the industrial areas of the city, which include Panki, Dadanagar and Jajmau.
Prakash Karat is also likely to take up the issue of resumption of production at Duncan. CPM leader also requested the masses to differentiate between issues related to them and frivolous issues. Ali also criticised Congress for not initiating CBI inquiry into the Gujarat riots and thereby shielding the perpetrators of violence.
The proposed distribution of sarees by the State Government was also dubbed as yet another ploy to divert the attention of the masses from real issues.
Sridhar Sharma, Saeed Naqvi, Arvind Kumar, Bhagwan Mishra and others were also present.