Left plans joint front against FDI, other reforms

Left plans joint front against FDI, other reforms

The Left parties, CPM, CPI, RSP (Revolutionary Socialist Party of India) and Forward Bloc, will meet next week to discuss forming a joint front against FDI and other economic reforms.

They are also to expand the front by involving civil society organisations.

Top leaders of the CPM and CPI on Friday held a meeting to decide further course of action. The meeting attended by leaders including CPM general secretary Prakash Karat and senior CPI leader A B Bardhan discussed strategy of forming a joint front of “Left and democratic forces” against FDI in multi-brand retail, insurance and pension funds and other economic reforms initiated by the Manmohan Singh government.

 “In addition to bringing non-NDA and non-UPA political parties, the Left will involve civil society and other organisations in opposing economic reforms,” said sources.

“ We have decided to intensify our struggle, will hold state conferences,” said Bardhan after the meeting. “We will co-ordinate with those who are opposed to these policies,” he said.
 “The Left parties will meet in the next week to chalk out programme for massive resistance to these anti-people and anti-national policies,” said CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy in a statement.                                

Condemning the government’s move aimed at further liberalising the economy, Reddy said: “Though this is being done in the name of fiscal consolidation, the experience of European Union countries that implemented such measures to carry forward the process of neo-liberalism has clearly shown that it will ruin the national economy.”