Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat on Sunday reiterated that the post of Prime Minister should be brought within the ambit of the Lokpal.
Speaking at a party meeting at Rohtak in Haryana, he said, “Corruption of such gravity is the result of neo-liberal policies followed by the successive governments. There must be systematic reforms to curb the nexus between politicians, bureaucracy, and big corporates to deal with corruption.”
On corruption in judiciary, he suggested the setting up of a judicial commission to deal with the “appointment and conduct of the judiciary.”
He asserted that non-existence of Left governments did not mean that their struggle had weakened. The CPI(M) faced a major loss in the recent Assembly polls, particularly in West Bengal which, he said, was “being presented as the irrelevancy of the left ideology. But this is not true.” The party would continue to struggle for the people whether in government or not.
While listing the achievements of the erstwhile Left Front regime in West Bengal, including land reforms and implementation of Panchayati Raj system, He said with the Left’s defeat, the United Progressive Alliance would try to pursue neo-liberal policies and curb the democratic rights of the people. He appealed to the cadres to wage a struggle against this.
On alleged attacks on Left Front cadres and supporters, he said 16-17 party activists were killed after the polls and 388 workers before the elections. “About 40,000 people are being forced to leave their houses. Party offices are being ransacked. This is being done in order to weaken the party organisation in West Bengal.” Hindu