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CPI (M) Polit Bureau to review Govt’s performance

Sunday 8 May 2005

New Delhi, May. 8 (PTI): The CPI(M) Polit Bureau will meet here next week to discuss the prevailing political situation and evaluate the score-card of the UPA Government which completes one year in office on May 22.

The meeting, the first after the six-day 18th Congress, would be held on May 14 and 15 and would also discuss the role of the Opposition in Parliament besides formulating strategies to implement decisions taken at the Congress on organisational matters.

The Central Committee is likely to meet next month in Kolkata.

Besides raising economic issues with the UPA Goveernment,the party Congress had decided to give more thrust to social issues, especially in the fields of education and culture.

Sources said the party, which has always had a "collective leadership", would also work out the division of responsibilities among the leaders of the Polit Bureau and the Central Committee, in line with the broad decisions of the Congress.

However, the thrust of the attack this time round would be on the Opposition BJP, which, the CPI(M) said in its mouthpiece ’People’s Democracy’, had mounted "relentless assault against parliamentary democracy itself".

In an editorial, the party paper said "never before in independent India have we seen parliamentary proceedings being disrupted for a whole year".

"The motion of thanks on the President’s Address was adopted amidst an Opposition boycott. So was the Finance Bill last year. In fact, there was not a single session of either House without a boycott or a major disruption", it said.

The CPI(M) mouthpiece said the Opposition decision to "derail parliamentary democracy is being taken by the NDA Parliamentary Group chaired by Atal Behari Vajpayee himself.”

"Not long ago as the PM, he would harangue the country through ’pracharak sermons’ on how the Opposition should behave in a responsible manner! He indeed heads a ’party with a difference’ — a party sans any principle or value", the editorial said.

The CPI(M) also slammed the BJP-led NDA for not only boycotting Parliament but also obstructing its work by cancelling a scheduled meeting of the Standing Committee on Rural Development which is studying the crucial legislation on guaranteeing employment in rural areas.

"It is an absolutely mindless decision to boycott the House, but the cancellation of a scheduled meeting of the Standing Committee on Rural Development to discuss the crucial National Rural Employment Guarantee Bill by Chairman and BJP MP Kalyan Singh on grounds that his party is boycotting Parliament is serious," party leader Nilotpal Basu, said.

On the BJP’s demand for removal of "tainted" Ministers from the Union Cabinet, the editorial said "the practice of having charge-sheeted Ministers was legalised by Vajpayee himself".

It quoted the instances of L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, who were chargesheeted in the Ayodhya case, and George Fernandes, who was first asked to resign after the Tehelka expose and "shamelessly reinducted" later.

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