‘Centre responsible for taking measures to tackle Maoists'
Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat on Sunday repeated the demand for the setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum allocation scam, saying that the issue needed to be investigated on a canvas larger than the Comptroller and Auditor General's “limited” inquiry.
Considering the gravity of the irregularities, a “wider and comprehensive” probe was required into the 2G spectrum allocation, Mr. Karat told a press conference here.
“We want the Budget session of Parliament to function without any disruption, but it depends on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government. The Centre should come forward to break the deadlock over the demand for a JPC,” he said.
Mr. Karat also demanded that illegal money stashed in foreign banks be brought back into the country immediately.
The Centre had admitted that a large amount of money was being secretly taken out of the country and kept in banks of foreign countries, he said. “It is important to get details of the illegal money deposited in foreign banks.”
On the Maoist problem, he said no State police alone could take on ‘Red terror' as the cadres were well-armed and conversant with guerrilla warfare.
“It is the responsibility of the Centre to take measures to tackle the problem.”
Expressing concern over the growing Maoist influence in seven States, Mr. Karat singled out Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh as the worst sufferers. He accused the UPA ally, Trinamool Congress, of openly collaborating with the Maoists to target CPI(M) leaders and supporters.
On the price rise front, Mr. Karat said that nine parties, including four Left parties, the Telugu Desam Party and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, would stage a sit-in demonstration on February 3 to protest against the sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities.