Senior CPI leader AB Bardhan on Saturday called for a non-Congress and non-BJP alternative at the Centre to fight the anti-people economic policy pursued by the two parties.
There is a need for a third formation based on an alternative economic policy which will address the problems of the general public and the large number of people living below poverty line, Bardhan told a convention of three left parties here.
The economic policies of the Congress led UPA and the BJP led NDA have only increased the wealth of a few capitalists while the vast majority of the country’s population are reeling under price rise, he said.
While the profit of the corporate houses has increased manifold during the last 12 years, over one crore labourers have lost their jobs due to massive job cuts.
Disputing the poverty analysis of the Centre, Bardhan said 78 per cent of the country’s population live BPL. This is an initiative by the Left parties to have a third alternative to the Congress and the BJP at the Centre. The state convention is a part of the decision taken by the Left parties in the recent convention in Delhi. Accusing the UPA Government at the Centre of following “anti-poor” and “pro-corporate” economic policies, the CPI leaders at the meet strongly opposed the economic policy of the Centre. CPM politburo member and Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Government Suryakanta Mishra, state CPM secretary Janardan Pati, state CPI secretary Dibakar Nayak, state Forward Bloc secretary Santosh Mitra, former minister Naren Dey, former MP Sivaji Patnaik and former MLA Narayan Reddy also spoke.