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Reject BJP-Sena to save country, self: CPI (M)

Reject BJP-Sena to save country,  self: CPI (M)

Palghar, Oct 14 (UNI) The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged the people of Maharashtra to defeat the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the coming Assembly elections, if they wished to save the country and themselves.

Addressing an election rally at Dahanu on Sunday, CPI (M) All India General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said there was an unprecedented economic crisis in the country today, precisely because of demonetisation, GST, NPAs and crony capitalist policies of the BJP government.

He alleged that government-owned telecom service providers Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) were being closed down, to help Mukesh Ambani-owned telecom service provider Jio.

Instead of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's slogan of Jai Hind, Modi's new slogan has become Jio Hind! Profit-making public sector oil companies like Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) were being closed down, to help the Ambani's and the Adanis, Mr Yechury quipped.

He said the Forest Rights Act was enacted in 2006 under the pressure of the Left parties, but the BJP government was not implementing it and not vesting land in the names of Adivasis.

On the contrary, the Modi regime has proposed several draconian amendments in the already bad British-made Indian Forest Act, 1927, he added.

By attacking the workers, peasants and the middle class people in all ways, their purchasing power is being slashed by the Modi regime, Mr yechury pointed out.

This has led to the closure of thousands of factories producing everything from cars to textiles to biscuits. Lakhs of workers have been thrown into the ranks of the unemployed. Unemployment has reached the worst levels in the last 50 years, the CPI (M) leader noted.

He said the worst aspect of the BJP-RSS regime was, it's policy of dividing the people on the basis of religion. Communal tensions, mob lynchings are going on unabated. The Kashmir issue and the NRC issue in Assam are striking examples, he observed.

'We must defeat the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra at all costs and elect the Left, democratic and secular candidates. That is why, I appeal to you to vote in huge numbers for Com Vinod Nikole of CPI(M), who is supported by all secular parties at this seat,' he added.

Meanwhile in another function, nearly 50 leading Shiv Sena activists in two big villages of Ambesari and Nagzari in Dahanu tehsil of Palghar district in Maharashtra, quit the Sena out of disillusionment, sources said here.

The leaders joined the movement of the Red Flag and resolved to work for the victory of CPI (M) candidate Com Nikole in this Assembly election, they added.

Those who left the Sena, included sitting Panchayat Samiti member Vijay Nangre, two former Sarpanches of Nagzari village Vasant Vasavla and Dhuluram Tandel, many sitting gram panchayat members of both villages and other activists.

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