Sunday, October 17, 2021

CPI (M) demands Ajay Mishra’s removal, pooh-poohs price hike

New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded to sack Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury on October 11, 2021, briefed media about the decisions taken in the two-day Polit Bureau meeting that ended on October 10, 2021.  

Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ajay Misra Teni, has been arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

“Minister Ajay Mishra Teni must be immediately sacked from the Union Cabinet for his role in this barbaric atrocity in which eight people have lost their lives, including four farmers and a journalist. Justice cannot be delivered with his continuation as Minster,” said Yechury.

He further said that the large volume of the recorded footage of the incident clearly shows the deliberate manner in which this brutality was executed. 

“The prime accused can be identified in this footage. The CPI (M) demands the immediate dismissal of Minister Ajay Mishra and stringent action against Ashish Mishra on charges of brutal cold-blooded murder,” said Yechury.

The CPI (M) has also slammed price rise and demanded that the Central excise duties on petroleum products must be immediately withdrawn.

“For six continuous days, the prices of petrol and diesel have been hiked. During the last ten months, these prices have been increased by over Rs. 20 per litre. On average, petrol costs around Rs. 110 and diesel over Rs. 100 per litre.  This is crippling the livelihoods of the vast majority of our people,” said Yechury.

The CPI (M) said that these hikes have set in motion an overall inflationary spiral and the higher costs of transportation have led to the backbreaking price rise of all essential commodities.

“Cooking oil, vegetables and fruits, milk etc are all exorbitantly expensive.  In the first nine months of 2021, the prices of cooking gas cylinders increased by Rs. 205 and in many parts of the country, a cylinder costs more than Rs. 1,000.  The Consumer Price Index has seen a continuous increase.”

CPI (M) denounces Air India Sale

The CPI (M) Polit Bureau also denounced Air India sale by saying it is tantamount to giving a free gift to the Tatas by the Modi government. 

“The Tatas will inherit Rs. 15,300 crores of debt, which will surely be restructured, paying the Central government a mere Rs. 2,700 crore for the national carrier, with all its core assets. Rs. 46,262 crore of remaining debt will be the burden of the government, which means that the people will bear the burden of clearing this debt.  However, all the assets acquired by Air India by its debt, including a brand new fleet of aircraft, will be the Tatas’ property now,” said the CPI (M) press release.

Corners Centre over Kashmir violence

The CPI (M) Polit Bureau condemned the recent killing of innocent people in the Kashmir valley.

The Left Party said that the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution, the dissolution of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and converting it into two Union Territories directly under the Central rule were all proclaimed as the ‘true integration of J&K with India and to end the problems of militancy and alienation in Kashmir.

“Instead, under the direct rule of the Central government at Delhi, J&K has been brought to this pass of heightened violence further alienating the people of the region.  Diabolically targeting religious minorities is aimed at sharpening communal polarization,” said the CPI (M) Polit Bureau.

It added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with the leaders of J&K in June this year with promises of erasing ‘Dil ki doori, Dilli ki doori’ (distance of heart, distance of Delhi) remains an empty rhetoric.

‘Intensify Pace of Vaccination’

The CPI (M) Polit Bureau also demanded that the pace of vaccination be intensified immediately as the festive season has begun.

It said that ‘despite all propaganda and publicity’, a mere 18.9 per cent of Indians have been fully vaccinated. (Press Release)

 

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