CPIM to raise peoples’ issues; declared candidate for Shimla parliamentary seat


By : Mohan Verma

The state leadership of Communist Party of India (Marxist) at Shimla on Tuesday condemned both the Congress and Bhartiya Janata party for restricting their campaign around some party leaders and intentionally avoiding to discuss various peoples’ issues in the run for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing a press conference on the occasion of introducing the party candidate from Shimla parliamentary constituency state party secretary and CPIM central committee member Rakesh Singha said that both these parties have failed to present an alternative economic perspective before the country and the neo-liberal path of development they adopted in early nineties has started showing its tremendous anti-people effects. The common people in the rural and backward hill state like Himachal are also no exception and are marginalised to the core by its impact.

The CPIM in Himachal Pradesh is fighting two (Shimla and Mandi) out of four Lok Sabha seats and would support the like-minded, non-Congress, non-BJP parties on the other two seats. There are chances of CPIM fielding its candidates on these seats, said the CPIM leadership.

“Our aim is just not to mobilise people for the votes but to prepare them for the coming ruling class offence and the divisive tendencies”, said Mr. Rakesh Singha. The numbers of small and marginal farmers are regularly increasing in the hill state and the land is being fragmented further.

The state is withdrawing from its duties of an employer and majority works are now being outsourced creating joblessness here, he said. The state of Himachal that was formed on regional aspirations instead of an economic viability has failed to recover its share of 7.19 percent after the reorganisation. And the role of political parties like Congress and BJP are to be blamed for this that have remained in power most of the times here.

There MPs have also failed to raise issues like interim allocation to Himachal for savings its forests that was a major source of wealth before 1980, 10 paise cess per unit on water being used for major hydro electric projects and securing more than 7 percent of its share in the Bhakra Dam project, claimed the CPIM.

The senior party leaders introduced the state CITU president Jagat Ram as the party nominee for the Shimla parliamentary seat who according to them has the nerve to raise various peoples’ issues inside and outside the parliament. Mr. Jagat Ram has remained in a forefront of various struggles of workers, peasants and state employees’ from past many years in Himachal Pradesh.

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