Modi promoting crony capitalism, says Pasla

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhathinda
  • Updated: Aug 09, 2015 20:04 IST

The 'anti-people' policies of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government came in for a flak at a seminar organised here on Sunday to mark the birth anniversary of Kartar Singh Sarabha. The seminar was organised by the joint front comprising several organisations.

Addressing the gathering, communist leader Mangat Ram Pasla attacked the Modi government for favouring corporate houses at the cost of rights of the labour class.

"The Narendra Modi-led government has only focused to give lucrative deals to corporate and capitalist institutions through anti-people policies in the past more than one year," Pasla stated.

He added that the Union government believed in crony capitalism and was doing everything possible to extend benefits to these corporate houses, which helped the BJP financially during the elections.

"This is the reason that the government has failed to take notice of unemployment, inequality in education, providing health facilities, provide agriculture land to small farmers, etc. It has only aimed at suppressing the rights of the labour and middle class in its tenure so far," he said.

He added that even several state governments were party to Modi's plan of promoting capitalist institutions and personalities, instead of improving socio-economic standards of the people.

He also appealed to the people to strongly oppose the land acquisition bill, anti-people reforms in the labour Act, plans to wind up the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), adhocism in the government sector, free hand to sale of public properties and privatisation of public services.

Professor Bhim Inder Singh Mahipal, convener of the front, and other experts also spoke on the occasion.

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