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New Farm Act: CPIM Calls For Nationwide Strike On 26th November

Communist Party Of India (Marxist) calls for a nation wide strike to protest the new farm law. Decision taken in the two days Central committee meeting which concludes on saturday. The Central Committee of the party also called for nationwide campaigns against the new agriculture laws, labour codes, privatisation of PSUs and loot of national assets, growing unemployment, escalating price rise, among others, ruining people’s livelihood. The party also extended its complete solidarity and support to the farmers protest call on November 26-27 and the call of the central trade unions for a nationwide general strike on November 26. Criticising the two farm bills which have resulted in massive protests across certain states, the CPI(M) said the new laws handover Indian agriculture, produce and markets to foreign and domestic agribusiness corporations. This immensely benefits foreign and domestic corporates to reap super-profits, imposing misery both on the farmers and the people, and threatening India’s food security, it said. The party also demanded that the government make the coronavirus vaccine a national campaign and ensure free universal access to the vaccine. Meanwhile The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has approved a tie up with the Congress for the upcoming assembly election in West Bengal, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Saturday, adding that alliances with secular parties in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam will be forged. The decision comes after the party held a virtual meeting on October 30 and 31. In Kerala, the party will continue to contest elections as part of the LDF. In Tamil Nadu, the CPI(M) will contest the elections as part of the DMK-led alliance. In Assam, the CPI(M) will contest the elections in cooperation with all secular opposition parties, including the Congress, to defeat the incumbent BJP government in the state, which is sharpening communal polarisation, destabilising social harmony and heaping miseries on the people. In West Bengal, the CPI(M) and the Left Front will have an electoral understanding with all secular parties, including the Congress, which seek to defeat the BJP and the TMC, Yechury said. The high-stakes West Bengal assembly elections are likely to be held in May 2021. The central government and PM Modi have virtually abdicated their responsibility towards containing the pandemic. Worse is the fact that crores of people have been subjected to a double whammy assault of the pandemic and the deepening economic recession. Modi refuses to announce cash transfers and distribution of free foodgrain as demanded by the CPI(M) since the national lockdown was imposed on March 25. There is absolutely no provision of relief for growing sufferings of the people, galloping unemployment and rising hunger, in a statement said CPIM.

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