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Left slams UPA’s FDI decision

New Delhi: Opposing opening up of multibrand retail, broadcast and aviation sectors for foreign players, Left parties on Friday vowed a "wave of protests" against the UPA government accusing it of having become a "burden on the people".

CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc came out with angry reactions on the Union Cabinet decision on allowing more FDI in the three sectors and disinvesting four PSUs, charging the UPA government was acting against the interest of common man.

Senior CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said the UPA government "cannot give any job but is snatching jobs" by destroying the livelihood of people through "so-called reform" measures aimed at pleasing corporates."

"Their reform measures are only to suit the MNCs and it has nothing to do with India or its people. They only want to listen to the corporates. This government cannot create jobs, it cannot control prices.

"This government is a burden on the people. We are already working towards a organising a united movement against this government (after it announced a steep hike in diesel prices yesterday)," Karat said.

CPI National Secretary D Raja said the country will witness a "wave of protests" in the coming days as UPA has come out with a "very very disastrous course which will rob the livelihood and jobs of millions of people".

He alleged UPA has become a "prisoner of corporates" and it went ahead with these "anti-people" measures as it wanted to impress the corporates. "

Forward Bloc National Secretary G Deverajan said it was a "poor attempt" by the government to show that there was no policy paralysis in the country.

Deverajan alleged that the government has ignored series of protests against retail in multi-brand retail.

"The government goes ahead with such decision because there is a perception that the opposition is not united. The non-Congress, non-BJP parties should understand this and come together," he said.

He alleged the decision to allow FDI in aviation was "pre-planned" and to help some owners of airlines who are facing financial troubles.

The Forward Bloc leader also asked Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to take a strong stand on the issues.

"It is seen that parties like SP protest against Congress only through statements. What we need is action. They are being considered by Congress as reserve forces to help the government when in need. This has to change," he said.

Deverajan alleged that the government has ignored series of protests against retail in multi-brand retail.

"The government goes ahead with such decision because there is a perception that the opposition is not united. The non-Congress, non-BJP parties should understand this and come together," he said.

He alleged the decision to allow FDI in aviation was "pre-planned" and to help some owners of airlines who are facing financial troubles.

The Forward Bloc leader also asked Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to take a strong stand on the issues.

"It is seen that parties like SP protest against Congress only through statements. What we need is action. They are being considered by Congress as reserve forces to help the government when in need. This has to change," he said. In Kolkata, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said the Centre's decision allowing 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail will further complicate the financial situation in the country.

Terming it a sellout to foreign traders, Dasgupta said, "The government is mistaken that FDI in multi-brand retail will support the collapsing economy and it will instead lead to further complications."

Stating that the Left parties would strongly oppose the move, he said, "This is another step of a corrupt and scam-tainted government which has created an unstable economy."

(Agencies)

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