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We don't want nuclear liability Bill in present form: CPI(M)

Introduce Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha: Prakash Karat

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday said the government, instead of proceeding with the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill, should bring in the Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha for adoption.

“We do not want the [Civil Nuclear Liability] Bill in the present form. It is not acceptable, as foreign suppliers will not be liable under it,” CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said at a press conference at the end of a three-day Central Committee meeting here. The Bill neither protected the interests of people nor assured their lives and safety.

With the monsoon session of Parliament starting on Monday, the Central Committee called upon the government to bring in the Women's Reservation Bill for its passage.

“We do not want it to become part of a political manoeuvring for other consideration. Let the House decide,” he said. The Rajya Sabha had passed the historic Bill in March.

The Left parties would also raise the issue of steep increase in the prices of petrol, diesel, kerosene and cooking gas and demand rescinding of the hike and scrap the deregulation of petrol pricing.

The committee wanted the government to place its response to the recommendations of the Ranganath Misra Commission report on reservation for minorities in education and jobs.

Kashmir issue

Stating that it was highly unfortunate that the Union government did not take any worthwhile step to initiate a political dialogue with all sections in the Kashmir Valley, which was rocked by violent protests, Mr. Karat said a parliamentary delegation should visit the State immediately to hear the views of all concerned “so that the political forces can also play a role.”

Referring to the CBI charge sheet in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, he said Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah, who was charged with murder, should step down and face trial and investigation should continue “given the history of connivance of the Gujarat government in the communal pogroms.”

The committee expressed serious concern at the activities of the Popular Front of India in Kerala and other southern States. The chopping off of the hand of a lecturer in Kottayam district and the subsequent searches had unearthed the storage of bomb-making material and other weapons.

“There is an interconnection between communalism and the spawning of such terrorist activities. The CPI(M) will conduct a campaign against both Hindu and Muslim extremism and all forms of terrorism,” the party noted.

The committee decided to mobilise public opinion against the entry of Foreign Direct Investment in retail trade and accused the government of going ahead with various measures oblivious of people's livelihood with its latest push to allow multi-brand retail.

Stating that 44 members and supporters of the party were killed by Maoists and the Trinamool Congress-led combine, Mr. Karat took a dig at Home Minister P. Chidambaram, stating that while the latter talked of intelligence inputs, he was not willing to see the developments in West Bengal, as the Trinamool shared power at the Centre.

The committee finalised a draft political resolution that would be discussed at its extended meeting to be held in Vijayawada next month. It identifies the key task as the one to fight against the whole gamut of neo-liberal policies affecting the lives of the people, struggle against communalism, oppose strategic tie-up with the United States of America, work towards building an alternative for the Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. While stating that a third alternative would take time, it talks of certain intermediate measures.

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