ANDHRA PRADESH

CPI derides `India shining' campaign

TIRUPATI, MARCH 3. Speakers at a seminar on `Is India shining? Is everything good' organised by the district unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) here on Wednesday pooh-poohed the BJP's slogan and termed it an attempt to paint a rosy picture of the country under its rule. None from the BJP or its allies was invited to the seminar. Calling it a misleading slogan to hoodwink the public, the CPI State Secretariat member, K. Lakshminarayana, said that the `shine' was superficial and the `feel-good' factor was imperceptible by the common man.

The CPI leader criticised the BJP for priding over the burgeoning food reserves while the common man was forced to starve.

Bhuman, convenor of Centre for Rayalaseema studies, questioned the need for the Government to go for such a large-scale trumpeting causing a severe drain on the exchequer, even while objecting to the Congress treading the same path in Karnataka. He deprecated the Government's `positioning' of the economic growth as its achievement saying that the increase in reserves was a result of NRI fund inflow for which the global interest rate mechanism had more to do with than the Government.

P. Harinadha Reddy, the CPI's district secretary, welcomed the gathering.