Manmohan Singh's Cabinet is like Alibaba and chalis chor: Sitaram Yechury
- Former Ranji player held, Sreesanth and others to be produced in court today
- Li Keqiang pitches for more Chinese investments as he backs trade balance
- All eyes on Narendra Modi as BJP set to discuss strategy for Lok Sabha polls
- SC agrees to hear PIL to stay IPL matches due to spot-fixing
- Monstrous tornado rips through US city of Oklahoma, 90 dead
"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Cabinet is like Ali Baba and chalis chor (Alibaba and forty thieves)," he said referring to the alleged scams in telecom, coal and Commonwealth Games.
Yechury, who was addressing a public meeting organised by Ganjam district unit of CPI-M to mark the end of its 20-day padhyatra in over 300 villages, said the Congress-led regime had failed to curb the rise in prices of essential commodities and was functioning at the behest of the USA.
The UPA was giving tax relief to some affluent people but was failing to provide food security to all. "We (CPI-M) demand provision of 35-kg rice to all the people irrespective of APL or BPL at Rs 2 per kg."
Yechury said CPI-M would continue to oppose FDI in retail, insurance and pension sectors. "During the erstwhile NDA regime Congress had supported us on FDI. BJP is now with us," he said adding both the alliances were playing politics of opportunism and not looking into the issues facing the people.
CPI-M, he said, would stage a rally in New Delhi on March 19 to demand resignation of Manmohan Singh government unless it pursued pro-poor policies.
Slamming both UPA and NDA as 'pro-rich and opportunists', Yechury today said a pro-people third front is likely to emerge as an alternative before the next general elections.
"The proposed third front will not be formed keeping an eye on formation of the government, but to implement pro-people alternative policies in the country."
Discussions were on with non-Congress and non-BJP political parties like Samajwadi Party, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Janata Dal(S) and several others in this regard, he said adding talks would also be held with BJD.
"A possible alliance between BJD and CPI-M for the next general election will depend on how the regional party responds to the move for alternative policies," he told.
- 'Sophisticated' Indian cyberattacks targeted Pak military sites: Report
- Talkative Li quoted Weber, Hegel, Jobs, said PM is large-hearted
- Bihar food corp ends up with chaff as rice worth Rs 535 cr vanishes from mills
- In 7 lucrative minutes on May 9, Sreesanth bowled 6 balls, bookie made Rs 2.5 cr
- India and China ask border envoys to work on more steps
- Former Ranji player among 3 more held