CPI(M) to fight communalism, price rise: in K'taka Brinda

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Gulbarga, May 10 (UNI) The CPI(M) would highlight the twin issues of communalism and price rise in the ongoing Karnataka Assembly elections, party Politbureau member Brinda Karat said today.

Addressing a press conference here, Ms Karat said the main aim of the party in Karnataka was to defeat the communal forces and form a secular government in the state.

Expressing satisfaction over the introduction of Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament, she claimed that CPI(M) was responsible for the introduction of the Bill.

Hoping that there would be no hurdle in passing the Bill, she said the previous BJP-led the NDA Government had only talked about the Bill, but did nothing to take the matter forward, she alleged.

Refuting the charges that the Left parties had failed to put UPA Government under pressure to ban futures trading in commodities, Ms Karat said Finance Minister P Chidambaram had agreed to ban futures trading in some more commodities.

The party would organise mass picketing on May 15 in front of all the government offices across the country to mount pressure on the Centre to take steps to bring down prices, she said.

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