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CPI(M) not to rock UPA government: Yechury

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New Delhi, Mar 11 (UNI) Despite increasing acrimony between them in the run up to the assembly polls, the CPI(M) today said categorically that it was in no mood to destabilise the UPA government at the Centre.

''We are not going to oblige anyone and pull down the Congress-led coilition as the arithmetic in the Lok Sabha suggests that there is no alternative,'' Party Politburo member and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury said at the ''Meet the Media'' programme, organised by the Press Club Of India( PCI).

West Bengal Chief Minsiter Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, endorsing Mr Yechury's assertion said, ''Of course there are our political compulsions to support this government as we want to keep the BJP out of power. We have to continue supporting this government.'' On the emergence of the Third Front, the CPI(M) stalwarts said their party did not conform to the ''cut and paste'' arrangments in the present context as that of the NDA or the UPA. ''The real third alternative had to emerge out of the people' s struggles and mass movements. The alternative process is going on,'' they said.

Enlisting certain postive achievements made possible through the left pressure on the Centre, the left leaders said since the UPA government came to power, the paradigm shift in political discourse was evident. ''Now the national agenda is not preoccupied with Ram temple, Ayodhya and other divisive issues. Now the economic issues have replaced them,'' they said.

''Whenever the government has digressed from the CMP, we have disagreed, protested and opposed...,'' Mr Yechury said while citing how the left presssure worked in keeping hike in fuel prices under check, enactment of National Rural Employment Scheme, Right to Information, the withdrawing of disinvesting of BHEL, revival of at least 20 sick PSUs, a marginal increase in spending on agriculture, bringing down the interest rate for farmers, enhancing rural credit, launching of the Bharat Nirman and National Rural Health Mission among other things.

''We will continue to put pressure on the government to seek reversal of other anti people and anti workers policies,'' Mr Yechury added.

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