Left's efforts help India remain unaffected due to meltdown: CPI

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Hyderabad, Oct 29 (UNI) Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary A B Bardhan today said the country was facing several crisis, including financial crisis, in addition to price rise and inflation.

Claiming that the country was not fully trapped in the financial meltdown due to the Left parties' efforts, Mr Bardhan, while addressing party workers at the two-day state executive meeting here, admitted that the US financial crisis had some implications on the Indian economy.

However, he added, the country was not fully trapped in the crisis due to the Left parties efforts.

He said the Left parties had succeeded in preventing the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre from privatising the banking and insurance sector and Foreign Direct Investment when they were extending support to the government.

Under the pretext of globalisation and liberalisation, the imperialist countries, including United States, with their money and military power tried to dictate terms to developing countries, including India, which the Left parties had opposed, Mr Bardhan added.

He said the Left parties did not allow the UPA government to follow the imperialistic tendencies in the country.

Calling for concerted efforts to fight against terorrism and divisive forces and 'anti-people' policies being adopted by the government, he said the country was targetted through terrorist attacks and the divisive forces were trying to divide the country.

Claiming that attacks on Christians were increasing day-by-day apart from the attacks on Muslim community, he said missionary schools and churches were demolished and even nuns in the country were raped which was a shame for the country.

The CPI General Secretary said due to price rise and inflation, common man's family budget has increased by 25 per cent while 1.5 lakh farmers had committed suicides due to agrarian crisis.

Referring to general elections, he claimed that the UPA government was making efforts to pre-pone the elections, which was scheduled to be held either in April or May 2009. ''This is the time for the party to discuss its strategies and tactics to face the elections,'' he added.

On the party's poll alliances with other political parties, he said the central party would take a decision based on the recommendations of the state executive.

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