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Left accuses Congress for division of the country

The CPI(M) on Monday resorted to Congress bashing ahead of the state assembly polls.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 18:58 IST

The CPI(M) on Monday resorted to Congress bashing ahead of the state assembly polls blaming its rule in the country for the socio-economic "failures" and called for Left unity as an altenative.

"Under the Congress regime, the sufferings of the people and the poverty have increased. More miseries are in store for the people", West Bengal Chief Minister and CPI(M) politburo member Buddhadev Bhattacherjee told at a function celebrating Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's birthday.

Drawing an instance of China which he said had made unparalleled strides in economic growth and development, Bhattacherjee claimed the economic policies of Congress which ruled the country for most part after independence period had widened the rich-poor divide.

"What Mao Ze Dong, Chou En Lai and Deng Xiaoping could achieve Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi could not", he said.

"The Congress is at present having its plenary session at Hyderabad. I do not know what they are going to discuss there. But who is responsible for the socio-economic failures in the country?. It was Congress", he said.

Bhattacherjee said " Congress was also responsible for division of the country".

There was a need for strengthening the unity of Left parties in the country as an alternative, he said without elaborating.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 22:27 IST