CPM calls for nationwide stir

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

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Staff member
The CPM today gave a call to its cadre for a nationwide protest from July 11-17 against the Narendra Modi government on price rise and growing unemployment, even as it questioned its foreign policy which it alleged had comprised country’ interest.
The party firmed up its view at the end of a three-day meeting of its Central Committee (CC). The meeting was preceded by a day-long sitting of its Politburo.
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said prices of essential commodities, especially dal, had skyrocketed. Prices of petroleum products were going up at an alarming pace.
The party said eight labour intensive industries were facing a six-year low in terms of new jobs. The last quarter of 2015 had recorded virtually a negative growth of employment.
“In spite of ‘Make in India’ slogan, the manufacturing sector had gone down,” he said.
The party will highlight the deepening agrarian distress during its proposed agitation. The NDA has not lived up to its poll promise of increasing MSP of foodgrain by one and half times of the cost input. The farmers are reeling under increasing cost inputs.
The CPM picked holes in Modi government’s foreign policy over its focus on the US. The party has criticised the recent agreements by which India has committed itself as junior strategic partner of US.
“India has now become a party to naval exercises with the US and Japan in South China seas. This is fraught with grave consequences and against the country declared policy that South China Sea was disputed area and it must be solved as per international laws,” said Yechury. He criticised the government’s decision to allow 100 per cent FDI in defence, aviation and pharmaceuticals.