CPI(M) to support Cong

Updated on May 03, 2004 02:47 PM IST

CPI(M) has declared that it will support Congress on all the four Lok Sabha seats in the state.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Shimla

CPI(M) has declared that it will support Congress on all the four Lok Sabha seats in Himachal Pradesh, putting aside the economic policies, on which it has sharp differences with Congress, Rakesh Singha, leader of state unit of CPI(M), said on Monday.

Singha told reporters the main aim of CPI(M) was to check the division of anti-BJP votes and work for the ouster of the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre.

He said that the party was in favour of a secular government at the Centre and it considered organisations like BJP, RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal as a threat to the unity of the country.

Commenting on the differences he said that at present it considered communalism as the biggest threat to the country and thus was ready to put aside these differences.

CPI(M) would expose the political and social agenda and foreign and economic policies of BJP and its allies, which had far reaching consequences for the country. The employment had increased manifold, the gap between the rich and the poor had widened and the agricultural economy was on the verge of collapse due to these policies, he said.

He demanded that hydro-power project should not be given to any private company in future, at least ten per cent of the project cost should be earmarked for relief and rehabilitation, the free power share should be increased from 12 to 25 per cent and also made applicable to the project commissioned before Sep 1990 and the state should get its 7.19 per cent share in power projects under the Bhakra-Beas Management Board.

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