CPI hand for Cong against land bill

CPI deputy general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta today said the party would support the Congress in the Opposition parties' fight against the proposed Land Acquisition Bill but stopped short of committing any kind of the alliance with the Congress for government formation in the future.

By Our Special Correspondent in Patna
  • Published 15.04.15
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Gurudas Dasgupta addresses a news meet in Patna on Tuesday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh

Patna, April 14: CPI deputy general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta today said the party would support the Congress in the Opposition parties' fight against the proposed Land Acquisition Bill but stopped short of committing any kind of the alliance with the Congress for government formation in the future.

The party will hold a "protest march" against the bill on May 14 in Patna, as part of its national agenda to agitate on the bill, which is anti-farmer and pro-corporate.

"All the Opposition parties are vehemently opposing the proposed Land Acquisition Bill except one or two political parties. We will help and support the Congress on the issue of Land Acquisition Bill but will not help the party (Congress) in government formation in future as the CPI is equally opposed to both the BJP and the Congress," veteran trade union and CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta told reporters here.

The combined efforts of the Left and the democratic forces will put pressure on the government to change its policy, he said, adding that "of all the actions and steps taken by the Centre, this is the most mischievous and anti-national bill meant only to attract foreign capital. Our Prime Minister is going one after another country to fetch foreign direct investments to the country."

History suggests that no country has achieved development on the basis of foreign capital, Dasgupta said, adding that the country has prospered on the basis of its domestic and natural resources.

To register its strong opposition to the bill, the party will hold a "protest march" on May 14 from Gandhi Maidan to R-Block in Patna, where a lakh people would assemble for the purpose. Dasgupta, who was accompanied by state secretary Satya Narayan Singh, said the party would undertake a padyatra (foot march) in all the villages, blocks and districts to aware people of the ill effects of the bill.

The party is also considering giving a call for a daylong strike in Bihar to protest against the bill, said Dasgupta, a central trade union AITUC general secretary. AITUC owes its allegiance to the CPI.

Asserting for a Left unity in the state, he admitted that there are differences between left parties but they would work together under a common minimum programme. He, however, unequivocally said that the Left would together fight the Assembly elections.

In reply to a query on whether it would have any adjustment with the proposed Janata parivar in the Assembly polls, the veteran CPI leader said though the party has not decided anything on the issue "it may consider on having alliance with parivar".

At present, the CPI with its lone legislator, Awadhesh Kumar Rai, is supporting the Nitish government from outside.