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Karat for unconditional talks with ULFA
GUWAHATI, DEC 20 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 20 Dec. 2009 11:10 PM IST
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CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat today advocated for unconditional talks with the banned ULFA, saying once the government and the outfits leaders sit across the table a solution to the contentious issues can be hammered out. ‘’The ULFA is sticking to its demand for sovereignty while the government is adamant on its stand that the issue cannot be discussed. No side should set any condition for the talks,’’ Karat told a mass rally here, reported UNI. He said both sides should come to the negotiating table without any pre-condition and only then ‘issues can be sorted out’. Karat also rued that the common man has been at the receiving end of the insurgency problem in the region and suggested that the problem needs to be addressed through dialogues with all rebel groups. CPI (M) opposed to reorganisation of states Describing the Centres announcement about the creation of a separate Telengana state as ‘arbitrary’ and ‘hasty’, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat today said his party was opposed to fresh reorganisation of states detracting from the principle of language-based states. ‘’After the arbitrary and hasty announcement about the creation of a separate Telengana state, the protagonists of dividing the country into many small states, received a boost,’’ Karat noted while addressing a rally here to mark the conclusion of the first phase of the partys movement against price rise. Emphasising on providing special dispensation to aggrieved people of the backward regions for their speedy development, the Marxist leader cited the instances of Chattisgarh and Jharkhand which, according to him, turned into hunting grounds of multi-national companies after they were carved out from Madhya Pradesh and Bihar respectively, reported UNI. ‘’We are opposed to bifurcating Andhra Pradesh as well as creation of Bodoland and Kamatapur in Assam,’’ Karat declared. Instead of creating separate states of Bodoland or Kamatapur, efforts should be directed towards accelerating the pace of development of the backward areas, he suggested. ‘’Lopsided development is the creation of capitalism and to achieve the goal of uniform progress of all areas and ethnic groups, the toiling masses are to carry on their relentless struggle against pro-capitalist policies of the government,’’ the CPI (M) leader said. The Marxist leader also discussed at length the impact of price rise on the common households and demanded supply of 14 essential items at fair price through the public distribution system and issue uniform ration cards to all to ensure food security. Leaders of the four Left parties would deliberate upon intensifying the ongoing movements to protest price rise in New Delhi on December 24 next and decide on a date to organise a rally before Parliament during its budget session next March. Meawhile, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) urged the central government to immediately abolish futures trading of essentials, citing hoarding of food grain by multinational companies for such business as one of the major reasons for spiralling prices. “There are many steps which we suggested to curb price rise. If the government takes those steps like banning futures (forward) trade in essential commodities, things would stabilize. Otherwise multinational companies and big business houses would continue to exploit the situation,” CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat said while addressing a party rally here. “Price rise is an issue that we cannot allow to continue and, hence, all the Left parties would launch an agitation in March,” Karat said. Criticising the statehood demands raised in many parts of the country, he said: “We don’t want fragmentation of states as it would be detrimental to the interests of the country. We want a strong federal system where states become strong.” About Maoists threats, he said the Maoists are playing into the hands of the state governments by trying to target the Marxists. “We are taking a pledge not to bow down to their threats.”

 
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