Sushanta Talukdar

GUWAHATI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) favours a federal system under which States will be strong. It is opposed to bifurcation of any State, including Andhra Pradesh, general secretary Prakash Karat said on Sunday.

Addressing a rally against rise in prices, he cautioned that if Andhra Pradesh was to be bifurcated to create Telangana, such demands would follow in other States.

This would only make the Centre more powerful, while allowing multi-national companies to eat up the smaller States.

Mr. Karat said the Centre’s unilateral declaration on the creation of Telangana, without any political consensus, stirred statehood demand in different parts.

Statehood issue

He cited the revival of the movement for statehood by the Bodos and the Karbis. If Telangana was created, Assam would break into smaller States. As for the rise in prices of food items, he reiterated his party’s demand that ration cards be issued to every citizen and rice be distributed at Rs. 2 a kg through the Public Distribution System.

Rice was being supplied at that rate through the PDS in West Bengal, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh to cushion the people from the impact of rising prices, he said.