Hyderabad: The Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary, Mr A.B. Bardhan, has demanded that the Union Minister for Textiles, Mr Dayanidhi Maran, of the DMK, resign from the Cabinet following allegations of his complicity in the2G spectrum scam.
Speaking to mediapersons here on Monday, Mr Bardhan said that Mr Maran has lost his moral right to continue in the Cabinet following corruption charges leveled against him in the 2 G spectrum scandal that rocked the country. He also demanded that the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, immediately sack him from his cabinet and order an inquiry against Mr Maran.
The CPI leader made it clear that they were committed to support any anti-corruption movement that goes on in a democratic manner. He said that though the CPI deputy general secretary, Mr Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, had raised the black money issue in Parliament in 2008, the UPA-I government has failed to discuss it. He said that the Left parties would launch relentless agitations against black money and corruption. He said that only Parliament would enact Lok Pal Bill.
Mr Bardhan alleged that the Centre and the Odisha governments were trying to displace the tribal people in that State in the name of setting up Posco steel-cum-power-cum-port project. He also alleged that the Odisha government had allotted 4,000 acres fertile land to Posco Company, without any agreement reached between the State governments and the company. He also alleged that it was pure State vandalism in destroying livehood of tribals who were mainly depend on land in the State. He said that the government had filed 140 illegal cases against Virodhi Prathirodh Samithi leader, Mr Abhay Sahu. He said that their party has been protesting since last six years with peaceful and democratic way against Pocso Project in the Odisha State.
Alleging that the American corporate companies were colluding with the Centre and Odisha government to occupy fertile lands without any agreement, he demanded that the Union government amend the Land Acquisition Act 1894. He also said that the CPI national secretary, Mr Gurudas Dasguta, would visit Posco project affected area on June 21 in Odisa State.
The CPI deputy general secretary, Mr Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, the State party secretary Dr K. Narayana, and others were present.