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Left to launch movement against corruption in July

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Activists will picket government offices from July 15 to 21

Among others, it wants effective Lokpal legislation


NEW DELHI: Left parties on Monday announced a country-wide movement against corruption next month. Activists will picket Central government offices and hold demonstrations, dharnas and rallies between July 15 and 21, around the time Parliament convenes for the monsoon session, said a joint statement from the parties.

The CPI(M), the CPI, the RSP and the Forward Bloc met here on Sunday and decided on a five-pronged plank for their agitational programme. This includes an effective Lokpal legislation, a national judicial commission to curb corruption in higher judiciary, stringent action against the big business-politician-bureaucrat nexus, proportional representation system in elections and repatriation of black money.

At a news conference on Monday, CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan said his party was for the “jurisdiction of the Lokpal on the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister's Office'' (PMO). Excluding the Prime Minister and the PMO on any ground would mean exclusion of at least one-third of the entire government as the The PMO was involved in monitoring the progress made by various departments and Ministries. It also gave directions on many issues, Mr. Bardhan said, citing instances of an alleged scam, involving the allotment of high-security S-Band spectrum by the Department of Space.

Mr. Bardhan said the CPI National Council, which concluded a two-day meeting on Sunday, decided to observe Friday as anti-Posco day to show solidarity with the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samithi in Orissa, which has been spearheading the movement against forcible land acquisition for six years.

On West Bengal, Mr. Bardhan recalled that in election campaign, the Trinamool Congress had said it wanted to change the Left front government but was not interested in vendetta. On the contrary, about 10,000 Left Front cadres were driven out of their villages and 14 leaders and cadres murdered. Bargardars and patta holders were evicted and elected panchayat leaders were being coerced to quit their posts. Mr. Bardhan demanded that the State government take immediate steps to restore the rule of law.

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