CPI(M) non-committal on future support to UPA government

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New Delhi, Dec 22 (UNI) The CPI(M) today complimented the UPA Government for keeping the communal forces at bay but found it lacking in the allocation of sufficient funds for agriculture, health and education.

However, the party remained non-committal on the crucial issue of its support to the Government in future.

At the end of the 85-member Central Committee's three-day delibrations, CPI(M) top leaders Sitaram Yechury and M K Pandhe said the overall performance of the Congress-led Government is not upto the mark.

Briefing mediapersons, Mr Yechury said the expectations of the Left, based on their support to the UPA, still remained ''adhoora''(incomplete), whereas Mr Pandhe called its performance " very bad".

Elaborating, Mr Pandhe said the very objective of the Left parties giving outside support to the Congress-led coalition had not been achieved. ''The Congress slogan of '' Congress ka haath, aam aadmi ke saath' has proved a hoax. It has helped only the super-rich by giving subsidies in the name of SEZ and the exporters, and it has not implemented the common minimum programme, the policy document.'' To a specific query whether the Left would like to work with the Congress-led coailtion, both Mr Pandhe and Mr Yechury remained non-committal. Mr Yechury said '' we will cross the bridge when the situation arises.'' On the Government's fight against the communal forces, Mr Yechury said the UPA government had succeeded in keeping the saffron party at bay, but more efforts were needed to combat communalism and fundamentalism as an ideology.

When asked about the party strategy for the next general election, he said it was premature to talk about that at this stage. ''As many as 15 months are still left for next general elections.'' The CC meet was convened to finalise the Draft Political Resolution, the party policy document, containing party's electoral and political tactics at the A K Gopalan Bhawan here, to be presented at the Party Congress which will be held in Coimbtore from March 29 to April 4.

On the contents of the Draft Political Resolution, which the CC has reportedly finalised, Mr Yechury said it would be released in the middle of the next month after it is "final" in all respects and ready for the printing.

To a question which is the bigger danger, the US imperialism or communalism posed by the Sangh Parivar, the CPI(M) leader, who is also the editor of the Party's mouthpiece weekly 'People's Democracy,' said "unchallenged both of them pose grave challenge.'' Party General Secretary Prakash Karat, West Bengal and Kerala Chief Ministers Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and V S Achuthanandnan, Polit Bureau members- Ms Brinda Karat, S R Pillai, Floor leaders in Parliament- Basudeb Acharia and Salim Mohammad and prominent CC members Nilotpal Basu, W R Vardharajan, Subashni Ali, Balwant Singh among others attended the deliberations.


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