New Delhi, Sept. 8: The CPI today announced a countrywide agitation on October 2 in defence of secularism and national unity and in protest against the role of communal forces in the Assam riots.
“Both Muslim and Hindu fundamentalists tried to fish in troubled waters and provoked people that led to disharmony and fear psychosis,” CPI general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy told reporters after a three-day meeting of the party’s national council here.
“The situation in Assam is still very tense. We strongly urge the central government to convene immediately an all-party meeting to discuss the burning issues arising out of the Assam situation and also other ethnic and development problems of the Northeast,” he added.
He announced a series of agitations of the CPI and other Left parties over the next few months in protest against the UPA government’s faulty policies.
“The country is facing serious economic crisis and the government is again threatening to increase the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG that will have a cascading effect on prices as a whole,” he said.
He claimed that all non-Congress and non-BJP parties would support the agitation.
Lashing out at both the Congress and the BJP for disrupting Parliament over the coal scam, he said, “Both are involved in the scam and are equally mired in corruption. The disruption of parliamentary proceedings was a fixed match between the two parties”.