Left says UPA marginalising them

Chandigarh, March 30 | Updated: Mar 31 2005, 05:30am hrs
The Left parties launched a sharp attack on the UPA government, accusing it of marginalising them and for pursuing economic reforms. It also gave a call for working towards a political and economic alternative.

Addressing the inaugural session of CPIs congress here, top Left leaders from CPI-M, RSP and Forward Bloc suggested keeping the doors open to regional parties, agreed on a higher level of unity among them and to work for expanding their spheres of influence in the Hindi heartland and western parts of the country.

CPI general secretary AB Bardhan and his CPI-M counterpart, Harkishen Singh Surjeet, and other Left leaders said their support to the UPA was a political necessity, but such backing was not forever as it can be reviewed if the alliance deviated from the CMP.

Mr Bardhan said although Congress has accepted the inevitability of coalition at the Centre, many of its leaders remain in the old mindset and were trying to expand their political space, ignoring other allies of UPA and Left parties.

RSP leader Abani Roy alleged Congress design was to weaken the Left parties in West Bengal and charged the party with hobnobbing with Trinamool Congress for this.

Mr Bardhan said despite some corrective steps taken by the UPA regime, particularly in the sphere of education, foreign policy and agriculture, We are under no illusion. The UPA government is a bourgeois government.

Mr Surjeet said, It seems to believe that continuing with economic reforms with a human face is the panacea for the countrys problems. We do not share this approach.

He also called for a relentless fight, both political and ideological, against Hindutva and the communal platform.