Modi Govt’s Obdurate Refusal to Establish JPC on Rafale Deal is ‘Admission of Guilt’: CPI(M)
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) Politburo met on February 8-9, 2019 and discussed several burning issues.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) Politburo met on February 8-9, 2019 in New Delhi. The Left party leaders discussed several burning issues and issued a comprehensive statement after the two-day meeting.
The Politburo underlined that ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the CPI (M) has three tasks: (1) Defeat the BJP alliance, (2) Increase the strength of the CPI(M), and the Left in the Lok Sabha, and (3) Ensure an alternative secular government is formed at the Centre.
The CPI (M) leaders underlined the stand of the party on issues like Rafale, the National Security Act (NSA), and increasing employment. In the detailed statement, they have highlighted the following:
1. On the Rafale scam
– Ever since the Modi government renegotiated the Rafale deal, there has been a flood of reports that alleged that the price being paid for the planes in question is much higher than what had been decided in the initial agreement, the CPI (M) leaders said.
– The BJP-led NDA government has been making vain attempts to defend the deal on one pretext or the other and has been unsuccessfully seeking to brush off allegations of favouritism, corruption and crony capitalism of the worst kind, they noted.
– Further, the Politburo underlined that the Modi government has consistently undermined the capability of the air force and the authority of the Defence Ministry in its attempt to defend the corruption involved in the Rafale deal. This has cost the public exchequer heavily and caused damage to national security.
– The CPI (M) leaders have reiterated that a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) must be established to investigate the entire scam and identify those responsible for such high-level corruption, crony capitalism and undermining India’s defence interests. The Modi government’s obdurate refusal to do so is tantamount to “admission of guilt”, they said.
2. On increasing unemployment
– The BJP had promised to generate two crore new jobs every year. But according to data of the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), that is being prevented from publication by Modi government, the unemployment rate in India is at a 45-year-high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18, the CPI (M) leaders said.
– They also pointed out that as against the promised ten crore new jobs, crores of employed persons have lost their jobs and joined the ranks of the unemployed.
-The Politburo leaders called upon all its units and the youth to mount popular pressure through struggles against the Modi government’s policies that is depriving our youth the possibility of realising their potential.
3. On the National Security Act
– The Politburo condemned the Madhya Pradesh government’s decision to invoke the National Security Act (NSA) against five persons arrested on allegations of cow slaughter.
– The leaders also demanded the revocation of the NSA. The existing provisions of law would be sufficient to deal with any such allegations, they said.
4. On attacks on education
– The CPI (M) leaders expressed serious concern over the severe onslaught mounted by the BJP government on public-funded education at all levels, particularly on institutions of higher learning and research.
– Slashing of funds, undermining autonomy and principles of social justice, together with deepening communal orientation through the promotion of mythology as a substitute for objective scientific learning and history have become the order of the day, they said.
– The Politburo extended its support to the united protest march of teachers of all categories, students and non-teaching employees on February 19 in New Delhi.