GUWAHATI, Jan 30 � Holding the State Government responsible for the unprecedented corruption in NC Hills, the CPI (M) general secretary, Prakash Karat today made a strong pitch for forming a non-Congress and non-BJP Government in the State.
Karat, who was addressing a large public rally at the Sonaram HS School playground, said that recent revelations on corruption in NC Hills were the proverbial tip of the iceberg as the entire State was reeling under all-encompassing corruption.
Karat said that corruption was retarding the development process, citing the public distribution system (PDS), NREGA, etc., as some of the major areas of corruption in recent times.
Attacking the UPA Government at the Centre for its �anti-people and pro-capitalist policies� the senior CPM leader said that skyrocketing prices of foodstuff besides petroleum products were hitting the poor masses in an unprecedented manner due to the wrong policies of the Government.
�The UPA Government stands for the capitalists and land owners, with its anti-people approach pushing the poor people to a corner. Prices of petrol increased seven times during its rule, aggravating further the problem of food insecurity,� Karat said, adding that the Government till date did not have a specific policy for agriculture.
Accusing the Government of patronising corruption, Karat said that the recent 2G spectrum scam involving Rs 1.74 lakh crore was three times the nation�s education budget and eight times the health budget.
Asserting the party�s commitment to fight corruption, Karat said that none of the CPI(M)-ruled States, i.e., Kerala, Tripura and West Bengal, had any corruption charges against the Chief Minister, with its leaders maintaining a transparent and accountable lifestyle.
Karat said that both the Congress and the BJP were hand in gloves with big business houses and looked after their interests, increasingly marginalising the common people.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, in his address, regretted the state of affairs in the country and said that the common man was having a harrowing time amidst escalating prices and unprecedented corruption.
"All the poll pledges of the UPA Government have fallen flat on its face, with the common man bearing the brunt of its misdeeds. The much-hyped development becomes clear viewed against the fact that as many as 77 per cent of the country�s populace have to make do with Rs 20 a day,� Sarkar said.
Calling for strengthening and universalising the PDS, Sarkar said that all the people irrespective of their poverty status should be given 35 kgs of rice a month at Rs 2 a kg.
State CPI (M) Uddhab Barman and Hemen Das also addressed the rally.