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UPA Government will complete its full term, says CPI

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JUNE 5. The national secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI), D. Raja, today said he was confident that the United Progressive Alliance Government would complete its full term "despite the Bharatiya Janata Party's attempts to destabilise it."

Talking to reporters here, Mr. Raja said that the Left parties would extend full support to the Government as long as it did not deviate from the common minimum programme (CMP). It was neither the Left parties' programme nor that of the Congress. It was a combination of concerns of both the parties and it had addressed various pressing issues such as agriculture, unemployment and inter-State river water disputes. He hoped that the UPA's first budget would give priority to agriculture, manufacturing industries and employment generating programmes.

Criticising those who described the Left parties' role in the Government as power without responsibility, Mr. Raja said the Left parties had accepted responsibility for the good governance of the UPA without enjoying power. There would not be any remote control by the Left as alleged by the BJP and its allies.

Alleging that the recent fluctuation in the stock market was "engineered by some vested interests to create fear and doubt about the stability of the Government,'' he said that the stock market alone did not reflect the strength of a country's economy though it was one of the economic indices.

On disinvestment of public sector units, Mr. Raja said the Left parties had already opposed privatisation of airports and ports as they were all of strategic importance.

Taking exception to the BJP's opposition to the induction of "tainted Ministers" in the Cabinet, Mr. Raja said that it had no moral right to do so as the previous BJP-led National Democratic Alliance Government (NDA) itself had "tainted Ministers like L.K. Advani." Moreover, the election laws did not prevent such people from contesting the poll, he said.

Mr. Raja said the AIADMK's defeat was a verdict against the "anti-people" policies of the State Government. By reversing some of the decisions of the Government, the Chief Minister had acknowledged that the result was against her style of governance.

Mr. Raja welcomed the Democratic Progressive Alliance's initiatives in getting Cauvery water and said such "contentious" issues could be solved only through mutual negotiations.

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