Will strive for Lok Ayukta, says CPI

poll promise:CPI National Council Member, Nara. Kalainathan (centre), releases the party's election manifesto on Wednesday.- Photo: S.S. Kumar  

: The Communist Party of India (CPI), Puducherry unit, on Tuesday released the party’s manifesto for the assembly elections. The CPI, a constituent of the People’s Welfare Front (PWF), has fielded its candidates in seven out of the total 30 constituencies in the Union Territory.

Talking to reporters after releasing the manifesto, CPI national council member N. Kalainathan said the party would take efforts to establish a Lok Ayukta with independent powers to investigate corruption charges against politicians and officials. Efforts would be initiated to procure statehood for Puducherry.

Power to local bodies

The manifesto said the local bodies would be given more powers and elections to local bodies would be held immediately. The CPI would also urge the Centre to waive Rs.6,300 crore outstanding loans due over the years from Puducherry.

Mr. Kalainathan said that top priority would be accorded for health and education and a separate board of education would be set up for local students. Eligible candidates would be provided with jobs and card holders would get quality rice through the public distribution system.

The manifesto also said that prohibition would be implemented in a phased manner in the Union Territory.

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