The Left would like to put up a united front before it talks of a non-BJP and non-Congress alliance.
“If the CPI, CPM and CPI-ML (Liberation) join hands, then there is a possibility that we can go for an alliance with anti-BJP and anti-Congress parties. JD(U) is an option,” said Hannan Mollah, former MP and general secretary of All India Kisan Sabha and CPM central secratariat member. He was speaking at the CPM party office on Tuesday.
Incidentally, CPI-ML (Liberation) had made it clear that it would have no truck with either JD(U) or RJD.
Mollah, the joint secretary of All India Agricultural Workers’ Union, told reporters: “Farmers would demonstrate against anti-farmer policies on February 6 and 7 in all blocks and districts across the country. On January 31, farmers would hold Parliament March against Kasturirangan Committee’s report, which is against almost 5,500 villages in Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Pondicherry. The report, if implemented, would help mining and quarrying lobbies to flourish. It would be against the environment and the pollution would be against the development of farmers, preventing their progress. Farmers would have to leave their areas.”
He added that they would demand at least the minimum support price for the farmers, which includes cost and 50 per cent profit. This would be done any day between February 5 and 21.
Mollah added that Union cabinet minister Anand Sharma had gone to Indonesia in 2013 and 33 countries were there to support him but he did not take their support.
Mollah said: “Instead, he joined hands with US and went against the farmers. On return, he said we have won but it is cent per cent false. On the other hand, many other countries give subsidies to great extent to their farmers.”
On the other hand, the Bihar state committee of CPM would demonstrate in Patna to press their demands and against the policies.