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Left to continue fight against US imperialism

Written by: Staff
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Kolkata, May 18 (UNI) Taking strength from the victory in West Bengal and Kerala' the Left parties would intensify their fight against the Indo-US strategic partnership and the increasing pressure of 'American imperialism' on the country's economic sovereignty, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee today said.

''America is mounting pressure on our country and the Centre appears to be succumbing to it by going for a strategic partnership.

Our victory in both West Bengal and Kerala will strengthen us to fight against it,'' he said at a felicitation accorded to him and his Ministers by the State Government Employees' Coordination Committee immediately after the swearing-in ceremony.

Mr Bhattacherjee said he had congratulated Mr V S Achutanandan, the Chief Minister-designate in Kerala, over telephone for the victory of the Left Democratic Front (LDF).

Declaring that the Left parties would have to stand against the 'tide of capitalism', Mr Bhattacherjee called for a continued fight against indiscriminate economic liberalisation and privatisation of Public Sector Units.

''We will continue to fight American economic imperialism and the measures being taken in the name of liberalisation. We shall not allow breaking of the spine of the PSUs, nor shall we permit the 'hire and fire' policy, propagated by the corporate world, at least in West Bengal,'' he said.

Describing the victory of the Left Front as the people's 'unequivocal' endorsement of its policies and programmes, the Chief Minister said employment generation would be the focal point of all activities of his Government and the direction of development would be towards improving the condition of the poor.

Mr Bhattacherjee said the state was receiving investment for setting up of new industries, while the Government would implement more development programmes in different fields and consolidate the success in agriculture.

He received a bouquet of 235 red roses from the organisers of the felicitation programme as a complement to the victory of the Front in 235 seats. All his 43 Ministerial colleagues were present at the occasion.

UNI KDG BA SHB RN1544

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