PUDUCHERRY: CPI national secretary and Rajya Sabha member, D Raja, on Sunday said the unity of the left parties is a necessity as this is the only option when it comes to facing challenges and protecting the people and the country.
To a query, he said a joint meeting of the left parties -- CPI and CPM -- and like-minded parties would be held in the first week of November to discuss issues on how Left unity can be achieved.
Pointing out that in the Bihar by-election, the CPI, CPM, and CPI(ML) jointly faced the elections, he said this is to be followed in Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections and added that efforts were taken to convert this Left unity into a movement of the people.
While briefing reporters, D Raja said the Narendra Modi-led BJP government is pushing the Hindutva agenda of RSS and Sangh Parivar and trying to induct it through education.
Claiming that the Doordarshan and All India Radio have become mouthpieces of this hidden agenda, he said the Left parties should strive to foil the designs of the ruling BJP government.
It may be recalled that CPM central committee member M A Baby had said in August this year that the merging of the Communist parties was the need of the hour. “All secular and Left parties should unite even though there are many practical difficulties in the merger. They should reach an amicable formula for the merger after consultations with one another. Technical and practical issues should not come in the way,” he had said then.
Left Parties to Agitate
CPI national secretary D Raja said that the CPI would hold a nation-wide agitation along with the Left parties on October 16 to protest the failure of the BJP government to curb the spiraling prices, inflation.
Charging that Modi’s policies are not different from that of the previous Congress regime, Raja said BJP was protecting the rich, corporate and multi-nationals and did nothing for the common people.
Pointing that Modi had claimed during the Lok Sabha election campaign to check price rise and inflation, the CPI leader said the PM did nothing to curb these or to stop speculative/ forward trading and black marketing by amending the Essential Commodities Act, after assuming power.
Raja wanted the Prime Minister to inform the public about the status of the investigation by the SIT which was formed to unearth black money. Alleging that Modi was adamant to introduce 49 per cent FDI in the insurance sector, he said the move was to bring into the country insurance companies that failed in Europe and USA.