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Manmohan Government will be stable: CPI

Special Correspondent

"BJP bid to fish in troubled waters" "The BJP leadership was spreading such reports to boost the morale of the party ranks"

CHENNAI: : Communist Party of India national secretary D. Raja on Friday said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, supported by the Left parties, would complete its term.

Dispelling rumours about its stability, he accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of attempting to fish in troubled waters by predicting a mid-term poll. Rocked by ideological, political and organisational crisis, the BJP leadership was spreading such reports to boost the morale of the party ranks, he charged.

Mr. Raja told reporters here that the UPA Government's stability and longevity would however depend on its commitment and adherence to the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).

Protests

The party would hold demonstrations and rallies on September 14 demanding implementation of the CMP.

There was no secret that though the Left had broadly accepted the CMP, some differences persisted with the UPA on certain economic issues. The Left would reconsider its decision on participating in the coordination committee meeting only if the Government publicise its position on public sector undertakings, more particularly disinvestment of its shares in the BHEL, he said.

Welcoming the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)'s stand on the Women's Reservation Bill, he said the Left and many democratic parties had also taken a similar stand. The Left opposed the demand for "sub-quota" voiced by some parties, as the Constitution did not provide for it. Commending the UPA Government's efforts on the issue, he said the Centre should not hesitate to introduce the Bill even if it failed to evolve a political consensus.

Convening a meeting of the National Integration Council after a gap of 13 years, withdrawal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, enactment of the Right to Information law and Rural Employment Guarantee Act were some of the commendable achievements of the UPA Government, he noted.

Detrimental to State

The State CPI secretary D. Pandian flayed Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for demanding stoppage of dredging of the Sethusamudaram Ship Channel. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in its election manifesto in 2001 had called for its implementation without any delay, he recalled. Any attempt to scuttle the project would be detrimental to the interests of the State. He also stressed the need for allying the apprehensions of fishermen about the possible impact of the project.

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