The left-oriented mass organisation on Tuesday gave a clarion call to elect the third front in the 2014 general elections, citing need of alternative policies.
Addressing a rally organised by left bodies here, All-India Khet Mazdoor Union general secretary and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) central committee member Vijaya Raghavan slammed both political parties - the ruling Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - for making election campaign 'leader-centric'.
He said common people of the country were in the grip of inflation and no relief was in sight. “The election campaign has been made leader-centric by both main political parties ignoring real issues of the country,” said Raghavan.
Taking a potshot at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, he said Rahul wanted to become Prime Minister due to a reason that his father Rajiv Gandhi, his grandmother Indira Gandhi and grandmother's father Jawaharlal Nehru remained the Prime Ministers of the country.
“If this will be the criteria for the leadership, we can foresee the crisis before us in coming time,” he added.
Terming Gujarat chief minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narender Modi a 'hype' created by 'corporate'-supported media, Raghavan said the BJP was presenting Modi as “all in one” remedy, while Gujarat was lacking behind in many fields, on contrary to his claims.
“Modi is responsible for the massacre in Gujarat and such a person cannot lead the country,” he added.
Meanwhile, addressing the gathering, CPM state secretary Rakesh Singha said the Congress government was busy in investigating its opponents and the BJP was busy in hiding their wrongdoings.
“Real issues of the people are being ignored by both ruling and opposition parties,” he said.
People of the state were deprived of subsidised ration, cost-effective medical facilities and better education, while the government was following the BJP's policy of neo-liberalism to favour private players.
“Resources of the state have been handed over to private firms and commoners are forced to face its consequences,” added Singha.
Raising the issue of price rise, he said, “Everybody has been affected by skyrocketing prices of essential commodities. In Himachal, growers are not getting genuine prices for their produce but due to government's failure the same produce is in market with inflated rates.”
“The government has failed to curb the monopoly of traders in the state, resulting in loss to farmers and orchardists,” he said, adding that the policies of both the BJP and the Congress had proved detrimental for the farmers of the state.
Center of Indian Trade Union (CITU) general secretary Kashmir Singh Thakur raised the issue related to the worker class. He alleged that the government was playing in the hand of capitalists and dominating worker class.
He said the policies of successive governments were detrimental for poor people. “With change of power in the state, only leader changes not the policies,” said Thakur.
Meanwhile, Shimla municipal corporation mayor Sanjay Chauhan, Himachal Kisan Sabha president Onkar Shad, Student Federation of India president Kapil Bhardwaj and Janwadi Mahila Samiti president Santosh Kapur also addressed the rally.