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UPA inviting its own collapse, says Left

CPI-M says the Govt will meet NDA's fate if it continues with its anti-worker policies, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 20:03 IST

The economic policies of the UPA government came under some caustic attack from the Left parties on Thursday with its' MPs saying that by continuing to peddle "anti-worker policies", the government was inviting its own collapse.

Left MPs, supported by colleagues from SP, BSP and RJD, repeatedly raised the issue of Thursday's nationwide industrial strike in Parliament.

They walked out of Lok Sabha and forced a 10-minute adjournment of the Rajya Sabha, saying that the gap between "shining India" and "suffering India" was increasing because of UPA's economic policies.

"You have enjoyed the support of the Left, (but have) completely ignored our views, this cannot go on for long," CPI leader Gurudas Das Gupta said in Lok Sabha.

Left MPs began the day by demanding suspension of the Question Hour to discuss the strike. In Lok Sabha, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee did not agree to the demand and the Left MPs staged a walkout along with SP, TDP and BSP MPs.

While Left MPs didn't claim their daily allowance on Thursday in support of workers, they took part in the proceedings in the Lok Sabha and in a discussion on the Prevention of Child Marriage Bill, 2004, in the Rajya Sabha.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi dismissed Left allegations and said that the UPA coalition had tried to fulfil most of its commitments promised in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP). He specifically mentioned that the government would be bringing a legislation for a security cover for workers in the unorganised sector - a major demand of the Left - in the Budget Session.

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said in the Rajya Sabha that there was hardly any difference between the economic policies of the NDA and UPA, and if the latter continued with the policies it would meet NDA's fate.

Yechury said his party did not want to disrupt proceedings and sought permission to take up the issue after Question Hour.

During Zero Hour, Yechury said that the House should not function on Thursday as a mark of solidarity with striking workers and their 16-point charter of demands.

The charter includes the issues of price rise, demand for legislation for agricultural workers, labour law violations and a demand not allow FDI in retail.

The House was adjourned for 10 minutes in the Morning Session after slogan-shouting Left members, supported by SP, disrupted proceedings.

First Published: Dec 14, 2006 09:05 IST