NCP calls for uniting like-minded parties
Dehra Dun, Sep 17: The Third National Convention of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today gave a call to the party's national leadership to intensify its efforts to bring about better understanding and cooperation among like-minded parties to take up the task of fulfilling the aspirations of the people.
''Our national president Sharad Pawar has taken the initiative towards bringing together the various secular and like-minded parties,'' the party noted in its political resolution adopted at the National Convention here, adding the response to the initiative was demonstrated by the presence of many political parties and leaders in the National Convention of the NCP held at Surat on June 10 last year.
''The NDA, especially the BJP, is facing a a very serious crisis, but they are making an all-out attempt for a comeback,'' the resolution said. '' At the same time, the Congress with their capitalistic policies and their open internal fights are fast losing ground.'' The resolution, thereore, called upon the secular, democratic and progressive forces to join hands to stop the communal reactionary forces from gaining ground and to fulfil the aspirations of the people ''for a better social order free from unemployment, poverty and starvation''. It was obligatory on their part to do so, it said. The Convention also called upon the people to give full support to the party for its efforts to solve the problems the country was confronting.
Questioning the logic behind having a Congress-Left Coordination Committee, the NCP demanded constitution of a UPA-Left Coordination Committee where all the coalition partners would have representation.
Stating that sharing of power in the coalition context meant sharing of public offices of higher responsibilities among the coalition partners, the NCP called for better treatment based on mutual respect and proper consulation among all coalition partners.
Taking exception to the role played by the Congress in keeping out other allies from UPA-Left Coordination Committee, the NCP said in Indian politics every political party had to accept the fact about coalition.'' The nation needs a stable and development-oriented government and it is the responsibility of every partner in the UPA to cooperate with the Prime Minister, respect each other and work together.'' ''In such a situation, a major party has a special role. The Congress has to accept it,'' the resolution said.
The party placed on record its deep appreciation of the commendable performance of the UPA government and the positive and critical support by the NCP under the leadership of Mr Sharad Pawar. ''Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has established himself as a man with a vision and with a tremendous sense of purpose,'' it noted.
Supporting the recent initiatives for promoting social and economic equality through legislation and other administrative measures, the NCP welcomed the decision of the Govenment to implement 27 per cent reservation for the OBCs.
Regretting the inordinate delay in passing one-third reservation for women in state legislatures and Parliament, the party emphasised the need to resume dialogue with women activists, women's organisations and political parties to bring about a consensus and and introduce the Bill in the winter session of Parliament.
Underlining the need for a proper age of retirement in public life, the party felt there should be a national debate whether this could be 70 or 75,''but we need a cut-off point''.
The NCP strongly felt that there was utter inadequacy in the present legal system in punishing those involved in subversive activities. ''The law is too much engulfed in procedure as a result of which the rate of conviction is pathetically low. The Mumbai blasts in 1993 had taken 13 years for the judgement to be delivered,'' it pointed out and called for immediate steps to revamp the judicial system so as to expedite the process of justice to all concerned.
The party also demanded sincere implementation of the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal strictly as per the July 18, 2005 Joint Statement and the March 2, 2006 Separation Plan.