CPI Leader wants special session of LS on N-deal

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Tiruchirapalli, Oct 7:  CPI Leader and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta, MP,today demanded the convening of a special session of the Lok Sabha before the Indo-US nuclear deal became operational.

Addressing the press here, Mr Dasgupta categorically said the government had no right to make the pact operational without discussing the issue in the Lok Sabha.

Irrespective of constitutional obligations, it was the prime duty of the UPA Government to convene the special session which could also discuss the government's alleged failure to check the price hike of essential commodities. The BJP had no right to stop the convening of the session.

To a question, he said despite Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram's promise on the floor of the Lok Sabha to check the price hike, there was not even a sign of any softening of prices.

The prices of essential commodities and food items were extremely high he said. He further alleged the Public Distribution System in the country had totally collapsed resulting in loss of food security.

Mr Dasgupta also announced a two-day mass action programme on December 4 and 5 next in which about 10 lakh volunteers of the trade union movements and Left parties would participate in "road roko" and "jail bharo" agitations to protest the alleged 'anti-people' policies of the UPA Government and its failure to check the price hike among other things.

Mr Dasgupta also criticised Indian politicians for making continuous visits to the US and allegedly informing the authorities there they were not bothered about the ongoing protest of the Left on the 123 agreement.

On the Indo-US joint military exercises, he said India coming close to US in military ties was not good.

Asked to comment on AICC President Sonia Gandhi's reported announcement that her party was ready to face elections, he said ''we shall not stay behind.'' He came down heavily on Mr Chidambram's move to consolidate banks and said he was only thinking about corporate welfare.

Responding to another querry, he said we gradually surrendered our telecommunication wealth to private parties paving the way for private corporates to dominate people's interest, he claimed.>

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