Left to launch agitation against UPA

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Patna, Jul 9 (UNI) After snapping their ties with the UPA, the Left parties today threatened to launch agitation in Bihar against price rise and failures of the UPA government.

After a meeting of the Left Coordination Committee, CPI state secretary Bardi Narayan Lal said here the Committee had decided to distance itself from the UPA and neither would form a front or enter into alliance with any of the constituent units of the UPA in the coming Lok Sabha election.

The Committee had decided to support the national level strike, convened by separate trade unions on August 20, on various issues of common concern, he said and announced to observe ''Bihar bandh'' on the day against sky rocketting prices of essential commodities and failures of the UPA government at the Centre.

Welcoming the decision of the Left of withdrawing support to the UPA government, he accused the Union government of violating the norms of Common Minimum Programme and forcing the Left to take the ultimate step.

''The UPA government has bowed before America and the proposed Nuke deal is contrary to what has been stated by the government in Parliament,'' he further stated.

The nuke deal would not solve the electricity crisis in the country as only four per cent additional electricity would be produced by 2020 if the deal was inked, he said.

The Committee had decided to go to the masses and would launch a massive movement on the political issues, he added.

Meanwhile, the major Left parties, including the CPI, CPI(M) and CPI(ML), had decided not to contest among themselves in order to prevent division of votes in the coming Lok Sabha election. They would contest only in their stronghold, the leaders stated.

The parties would not join hands with the RJD, Congress or LJP just in the name of secularism, the leaders added.

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