National secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) D Rajaa said his party would raise the issue of FDI in the parliament during the forthcoming monsoon session.
He said the Congress government had taken the wrong step in deciding to hike the FDI cap in various sectors including defence, insurance and telecommunications. We appealed to the government to roll back this decision.
On possibility of a third front to contest the parliamentary elections, Raja said, “We are trying to network with regional parties in States, taking into consideration the political ambience, to evolve a common strategy to fight the elections. We are planning for a more cooperative way of working with such parties after elections, based on the people’s verdict, when a clear picture on the strategy would emerge.”
“We do not see much difference between the economic and political polices of Congress and BJP,” he said. The country is facing a tough time in the form of unemployment, spiraling inflation and the falling value of the rupee. An alternative policy is required to revive the economy and the living conditions of people. The communist parties are working on this, he added.
Hailing the ruling AIADMK, Raja said the State government has been handling issues such as the NLC stakes, Lankan Tamils and the safety of fishermen very well and has set itself as a role model. AIADMK and the communist parties have a cordial relationship which is likely to continue for the Lok Sabha elections, he added.