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Draft Bill on unorganised workers a “mockery”

Centre’s decision to import wheat criticised

LUCKNOW: Communist Party of India general secretary A.B. Bardhan said here on Tuesday that the performance of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government would be reviewed after the Vice-Presidential election.

Mr. Bardhan said if the Manmohan Singh Government’s performance was found unsatisfactory, “the Left support will be redefined.” He, however, denied that the four Left parties would withdraw support to the Government.

At a press conference, he described the draft Bill on unorganised workers as a “mockery,” and said the CPI would oppose it in Parliament. He expressed his dissatisfaction at the interest rate on Employees Provident Fund remaining at 8.5 per cent, and said his party wanted 9.5 per cent.

Third front

Reiterating the need for an alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr. Bardhan expressed the hope that some United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) parties would join the Left/Democratic Front. The UNPA, which consisted of eight parties, could not provide an alternative to the Congress and the BJP as some of its constituents had no programmes. Besides, their policies did not cater to the needs of the common man.

He expressed the hope that the Left-UPA Vice-Presidential candidate, Hamid Ansari, would win.

Mr. Bardhan, who was here to attend the CPI State Council meeting, criticised the Mayawati Government for handing over the Anpara-C power project to a private firm.

A resolution adopted at the meeting urged the State Government to hand over the construction of the project to the Uttar Pradesh Vidyut Utpadan Nigam.

Another resolution criticised the Centre’s decision to import wheat at Rs.1,800-1,900 a quintal, even as the farmers were being forced to sell the commodity at Rs. 800-900 a quintal to middlemen and business houses.

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