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Vote SP out of power: CPI

india Updated: Oct 17, 2006 01:41 IST

COMMUNIST PARTY of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Monday called upon the people to reject the Samajwadi Party in the Vidhan Sabha election.

“The SP Government is anti-peasant, anti-labour and promoting the interests of the rich,” he said.

Talking to mediapersons, Dasgupta said, instead of distributing unemployment allowance, the chief minister should recruit unemployed youth to vacant posts.

He alleged Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav was trying to strengthen ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party in order to retain power.

If the Samajwadi Party was concerned about the welfare of the minority community, it should keep its distance from communal forces, he said.

Training his guns on the UPA Government, Dasgupta said it was not implementing the Common Minimum Programme. The gap between the rich and the poor was increasing, as the Central Government was offering major concessions to the upper class, he said.

The privatisation of banks, insurance, telecom, airport, coal and oil sectors was not in the interest of the country, he said, adding the CPI would continue to oppose the Centre’s move in this regard.

He said the CPI would stage a march to Parliament in protest against the Centre’s economic policies. The party has called for a general strike on December 14.

“We will put pressure on the government to work in the interest of the common people.

Over thirty lakh posts are lying vacant in various government and non-government departments,” he said.

He said he had spoken to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to fill up the vacant posts. “But even after an assurance, the Prime Minister is silent on the issue.”

“If we withdraw support to the UPA Government, communal forces will get an opportunity to grab power. We will continue to work as a pressure group. The Left Front does not want to force a mid-term election on the country,” he said.