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Eye on polls, CPM to take out 4 nationwide rallies

In a bid to revive the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the CPM is taking out four rallies as part of its Sangharsh Sandesh Jatha which will crisscross the country before culminating here at Ramlila Maidan on March 19.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2013 01:06 AM IST

In a bid to revive the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the CPM is taking out four rallies as part of its Sangharsh Sandesh Jatha which will crisscross the country before culminating here at Ramlila Maidan on March 19.

Party general secretary Prakash Karat flagged off the first rally in Kanyakumari on Sunday. Karat said his party is firmly opposed to the neoliberal economic policies being followed by both the Congress and the BJP.

"These policies subsidise the rich, including foreign companies, and victimise the poor, which has resulted in intensification of social and economic inequalities. These policies have led to unprecedented corruption," Karat said.

A party statement said that purpose of the jatha is to highlight issues facing the people and to set out an alternative.

The rallies will focus on right to land and house-sites, land reforms, curbing price rise and right to food. The CPM has been demanding making the public distribution system universal, up to 35 kg of foodgrains at a maximum price of Rs. 2.

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