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Need for third alternative: Buddhadeb

A CALL: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee addressing the DYFI rally in Kolkata on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: Sushanta Patronobish

Raktima Bose

It will work for the common man and against communalism, imperialism

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee reiterated the need for evolving a pro-poor and secular third alternative at the Centre which could thwart the “capitalist designs” of the Congress and the “communal nature” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in the Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing the 15th State conference of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) here on Saturday, Mr. Bhattacharjee said, “It will not be an easy task to do this as we have to launch a nationwide movement and identify our friends for the cause. The third alternative will work in the interest of the common man, pursue an independent foreign policy and work against communalism and imperialism.”

He cautioned against the BJP’s return to power at the Centre.

Slamming the United Progressive Alliance government’s pro-U.S. stance, Mr. Bhattacharjee said that the economic meltdown originated in the U.S. and now it had affected the entire world economy, impacting the information technology, iron and steel, realty and cement sectors in the Indian economy. But for the Left, the pro-U.S. policies would have spelt doom for the economy, he said.

Mr. Bhattacharjee stressed upon the need for industrialising the State for widening the scope of employment for the youth.

“I promise to industrialise the State with all my might.”

Mr. Bhattacharjee criticised the Opposition, especially the Trinamool Congress, for extending support to the separatist forces operating in the State.

Condemning the recent Mumbai attacks, he pointed out that giving in to separatist forces gave rise to terrorism eventually and terrorism had to be stopped by any measure.

Left Front chairman Biman Bose pointed out that the membership of the DYFI had plunged to 71.38 lakh in 2008 from 97.84 lakh in the year 2007.

“This shows that many people have been misled by the Opposition . Our responsibility is to bring them back to the DYFI fold,” he added.