CPI(M) protests against price rise

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday held a demonstration against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government’s inability to control price rise.

The party workers, who assembled in front of the General Post Office, were arrested as they tried to march towards Raj Bhavan.

Speaking at the demonstration, CPI(M) State secretary G.N. Nagaraj said the Left parties had lent external support to UPA Government to prevent communal forces from assuming power. But the Congress was “bending backwards” to help multinational corporations and other business interests and had failed to adhere to the common minimum programme.

The most glaring failure of the UPA Government was its inability to control prices and provide food grains at subsidised rates to the poor, said Mr. Nagaraj. The food subsidy system was a shambles and the poor were denied access through a number of “unreasonable conditions” imposed, he added. The food crisis scenario was going from bad to worse with the Government pushing for contract farming and forward trading in the interest of foreign companies, said Mr. Nagaraj.

The UPA Government’s civilian nuclear deal with the U.S. was another instance of the Government “mortgaging the interest of the country” to please the U.S., he said.

The other demands of the CPI (M) included protecting the rights of tribal people, bringing a comprehensive bill for the unorganised sector workers and taking stringent measures to curb communal forces.

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