Saturday, May 26, 2012
Call for Left unity
Calling for unity of all Left and democratic forces to face the challenges before the nation, veteran Communist Party of India leader A. B. Bardhan said on Tuesday that no single Left party was in a position to change the prevailing situation in the country.
“To face the challenges before the nation, greater Left unity has to be built up. It can then help in forging a broad-based democratic unity… This we cannot achieve by bringing only two Left parties together but we will have to bring several parties with us,” Mr Bardhan said at an event here.
Stating that all Left parties are trying to strengthen themselves, he said that the priority should be to strengthen the “broad-based secular democratic unity”.
Pointing out to the situation across the world where such Left democratic forces are gaining ground, he said there is a crisis in every sector at the national level.
Mr. Bardhan said while the Centre has not been able to decide the number of poor, the proposed Food Security Bill remains elusive.
There is, he added, a double-digit inflation of essential commodities even as an agricultural crisis looms large.
All India Forward Bloc State secretary Ashok Ghosh said there was a need to unify Left forces as the Left movement is going through a critical phase.
“Due to our mistakes power has passed on to the reactionary forces in the State. There is a danger of an authoritarian rule being thrust on us,” he said.
Speaking at the event, the State Left Front chairman Biman Bose said there was a need to organise programmes to build a broader unity of the Left and democratic forces.