Monday, September 17, 2012

Tripura LF calls for bandh on Sept: 20 against Diesel price Hike

The Left Front in Tripura has called for a dawn-to-dusk general strike on Thursday against FDI in multi-brand retail sector, media and aviation, hike of diesel and allocation of cooking gas cylinders, as part of the agitation announced by eight regional parties including CPI-M. CPI-M state secretary Bijan Dhar said on Sunday that they would compel the government to roll back the decision for common people.

He, however, pointed out that India has a retail market of 535 billion US dollar but allowing 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail and 100 percent in single brand retail would leave as many as a crore people jobless. Moreover, 49 percent foreign investment in aviation sector and 74 percent in media would collapse Indian sovereignty, integrity and interest. This reflects that Indian independence is now at stake, Dhar observed.

Expressing concern over the future of unemployed youths, he said, "Left parties have been opposing the so-called strategic alliance in defence, investment sector and aviation but the Centre has surrendered to the US by allowing investment in all vital sectors."

He alleged that Congress-led UPA government is working at the behest of industrialists and foreign capitalists and this is quite evident from their arguments in favour of FDI. "To make up Rs 520 lakh core of deficit in current fiscal and ensure 8.2 percent growth in 12th five year plan, the Manmohan Singh government opened disinvestment for four profit making PSUs including two Navratna and allowed FDI in retail sector that is expected to manage Rs 15,000 cr, which is fabricated and anti-people."

The UPA II had announced tax holiday of Rs 528 lakh crore in its last budget for a few capitalists and made the budget deficit of Rs 520 lakh crore and now Indians are facing an uncertainty only because of the anti-people stand of the government.

Earlier, Tripura Chief minister Manik Sarkar had said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has succumbed to the pressure of US and the decisions of the Union cabinet bear testimony to this.

He also said, "Two leading media organisations who are propagating globalisation have strongly criticized Singh and that virtually compelled him to take the decision ignoring the people of the country."

"The decision of the Manmohan Singh government over the past two days has given a clear indication that he doesn't have any other option but to surrender to the US to ensure the protection of interest of the international finance capital and Walmart," Sarkar said.
(Courtesy : Times Of India)

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