Cong pursuing 'hidden agenda' through N-deal: CPI

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Bhopal, Oct 10 (UNI) The Communist Party of India today alleged that the Congress was pursuing a 'hidden agenda' for its vested interests on the pretext of the Indo-US nuclear agreement.

''The Congress is bent upon going ahead with the agreement for the sake of its vested interests on similar lines wherein the BJP, then heading the NDA government, had abandoned its Hindutwa agenda for remaining in power,'' prominent CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta told reporters here.

''The nuclear deal purportedly aimed at solving energy requirement was uneconomical,'' the All India Trade Union Congress General Secretary said.

''India is bestowed with abundant resources to meet its energy demand and there is no need to seek American shelter. It is not justified as the common man will have to pay higher interest for the heavy investment in the energy sector,'' said Mr Dasgupta, who arrived here to lead a rally of unorganised labourers.

The CPI will lead a countrywide ''Jailbharo, Rastaroko and Railroko' agitation on December 4 and 5 to draw the UPA government's attention to price rise, anti-labour policies, collapse of public distribution system and other burning problems.

Stating that the economic policies of the UPA government and BJP governments in different states were similar, he said ''the wrong policies lead to rampant corruption.'' The CPI leader supported social activist Medha Patkar's agitation in support of the people displaced due to various projects on the Narmada river and demanded an impartial inquiry into irregularities in allotment of land to the displaced.

UNI

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