New Delhi: The government’s demonetisation decision has united not only the Opposition, but also different Left parties that, otherwise, have ideological differences.
The CPM, CPI, CPI (M-L), Revolutionary Socialist Party and All India Forward Block and Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) have decided to launch a weeklong mobilisation programme from November 24 to 30 to protest against the move.
Leaders of these parties met today and have given a collective call for week-long countrywide protests from tomorrow against what they call the ‘continuing mounting of agonies of the common people, particularly on the marginalised sections of society’.
In a joint statement, they said, “Already over 70 people have reportedly died as a result of the government’s decision to scrap Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 notes.”
The Left parties enjoy considerable support in states such as Kerala, Tripura and West Bengal. The Left’s central leadership will focus on Delhi where the House is in session.
D Raja of CPI has said, “There will be coordinated protests with other political parties also, apart from this joint agitation by the Left parties. But at a time when the Trinamool Congress is holding its own march, the Aam Aadmi Party is going ahead with its seizure dharna and the Left with its own way of protest, doesn’t it give the impression that the Opposition’s resistance is scattered?
Talking to India Today, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said, “Mao said march separately, strike together”. And for now all Left parties have a common target – the Modi government.