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Bardhan lashes out at critics of Left parties

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The parties want the poor to develop simultaneously with the rich, says CPI leader



TIMELY HONOUR: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy presenting the Ravi Narayana Reddy memorial national foundation award to A.B. Bardhan, CPI general secretary, in Hyderabad on Sunday

HYDERABAD: CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan hit out at critics of Left parties who asked the Prime Minister to ignore their protests and go ahead with disinvestment.

Replying to their allegation that the Left was preventing development of the country, Mr. Bardhan asked, "Can we ever be against development?" The Communists wanted a socialist and plentiful society so that the wealth could be distributed on the principle of "each according to his capacity," he said delivering the Ravi Narayana Reddy memorial lecture organised by Telangana Martyrs Memorial Trust here on Sunday. At the function, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy presented the Ravi Narayana Reddy memorial national foundation award to Mr. Bardhan.

Mr. Bardhan said the Left was careful in defending the poorest of poor. The parties wanted India to be at the top in agriculture and several other fields after meeting the basic requirements of people like food, shelter and clothing. They were opposed to people making profits for themselves. He also said the Left was against the policy where development trickled down to the bottom from people at the top. The poor should also develop simultaneously.

`Role models'

Emphasising that countries looked towards communism in the new world order, the CPI general secretary said Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina had already taken the lead in this regard. Mexico also came close to joining the exclusive club but foul play during polls prevented the victory of the Left candidate.

The Latin American countries were otherwise considered the backyard of US earlier. They were regarded as `banana republics' to cater to the giants of North America, he said adding that people who wrote off Communism because Soviet Union had collapsed were rewriting history.

The CPI secretary, S. Sudhakar Reddy, and the trust secretary, Ch. Rajeswara Rao, also spoke.

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