Kolkata, Dec 24 (UNI) Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee today said communal forces were trying to disrupt peace and harmony in the nation and exhorted the people to unite in fighting the negative elements within the nation.
Speaking at a function to mark the 50th anniversary of the Central Government Employees' and Workers' Unions and Associations Coordination Committee here today, the Speaker said, ''Communal forces are at work to create divisive barriers among the poor sections of the society on the pretence of religion, caste, class and region.
''We must try our best to oppose these communal forces and remain united so that the country can march forward on the path of peace, prosperity and development.'' While talking to newspersons here, CPI(M) MP Basudeb Acharya alleged that the economic liberalisation and privatisation policy adopted by the Centre in 1991 had caused enormous hardships to the peasants, labour class and weaker sections of the society.
''The privatisation policy has not helped to bring about any economic development in the country. Instead, the gap between the rich and the poor has widened. The social security has been seriously compromised and the common people are being deprived of their fundamental rights. More than 2.5 lakh peasants in the country have committed suicides during the past decade due to extreme poverty,'' Mr Acharya said.