Monday, May 4, 2009

Left parties will provide an alternative : Manik Sarkar

CHENNAI: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Sunday said that the DMK, which has aligned with the Congress, should answer for all the anti-people policies of the Congress-led government at the Centre.

Campaigning for the AIADMK’s central Chennai candidate Mohamed ali Jinnah, comrade.Sarkar alleged both the Congress and the BJP, particularly the Congress which was in power for almost 45 years had not only forgotten their promise to the people, but also had worked against them.

Accusing the Congress-led UPA Government of failing to protect agriculture, control price rice and create employment, the polite bureau member of the CPI(M), who started election campaign in Tamilnadu for the AIADMK led five party alternative front in the state, said even 62 years after independence 60 per cent of the arable lands were in the hands of 4 per cent of land lords.

He said no efforts had been taken to revive agriculture and industrial sector to provide employment to the youth of the country. Stating that the prices of the essential items had gone beyond the reach of the common man, he said that the UPA Government was not ready to strengthen the Public Distribution System (PDS) because it would affect the interests of the black marketers and hoarders.

"Congress used to shed tears for the poor people, but would forget them when they reach the seat of power. It is working for the benefit of the rich," he said.

Comrade Manik Sarkar said though the Congress was asking the people of the country to fight against terrorism and cessionary forces, in Tripura it had actually joined hands with political fronts of many banned organisation such as Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) to defeat the CPI (M).

The Tripura Chief Minister asserted that the third front comprising the Left parties alone would be an alternative both to the Congress and the BJP and implement pro-poor economic policies and adopt an independent foreign policy.

He said both the Congress and the BJP had lost their alliances in all the states one by one and the third front had become a reality.

AIADMK presidium chairman E.Madhusoodhanan and CPI (M) central committee member A.K.Padmanabhan participated.

After this meeting, Manik Sarkar attended a massive meeting in North Chennai constituency in support of comrade D.Pandian, CPI candidate and state secretary of CPI.


Comrade Manik Sarkar is going to campaign for CPI(M) candidate for Coimbatore constituency P.R.Natarajan at Palladam and for MDMK candidate of The Nilgris constituency at Avinashi on today evening.

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