Staff Reporter

To highlight United Progressive Alliance Government’s “failure”

TIRUNELVELI: To highlight the “failure” of Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) would launch a nationwide campaign from the last week of August, the party’s politburo member K. Varadharajan said.

Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Mr. Varadharajan said the Left Parties were forced to withdraw support to UPA Government after the Congress decided to go ahead with the nuclear pact with the United States despite a stiff resistance from some of the constituent parties.

Moreover, several important features in common minimum programme of the Government were not strictly followed or executed.

Hence, the CPI (M), after withdrawing support to the Centre, had decided to start the campaign from New Delhi from the last week of August. It would reach every nook and corner of the country before the next Lok Sabha elections since the CPI (M) had planned to vigorously conduct the movement to explain to the public the “failures” of the Central Government and the situation that necessitated the Left parties to withdraw the support.

Moreover, the campaign would also highlight the failures of the State Governments concerned.

“In Tamil Nadu, there are so many pressing issues such as labour problems, power-cut, Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project, atrocities against Dalits, fishermen being attacked on the high seas etc., which will be highlighted during our campaign,” Mr. Varadharajan said hoping that the drive would ultimately win the public support and lead to the formation of an alternative political force at the national-level to Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

He made it clear that the Left parties would not have any alliance with the Congress after next Lok Sabha polls.

He alleged that the CBI was being misused by the Congress to threaten or harass the political opponents.

Former MLA R. Krishnan, party district secretary V. Palani, office-bearers R. Karumalaiyan and S. Rajangam were present.