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Assembly polls a farce, boycott them: Maoists

Source: PTI
April 11, 2011 20:41 IST
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Maoists on Monday called for a boycott of assembly elections in poll-bound states terming the exercise as a 'farce'.

A statement issued by Abhay, spokesman of Maoist Central Committee, said, "While the people are facing corruption, price rise, poverty, hunger, unemployment, loot of resources, displacement, destruction of ecology, parliamentary parties are engaged in a contest to capture power by hook or crook. The political parties are indiscriminately using money power, muscle power, identities like caste and religion and are vying with each other for votes. Millions of rupees have been poured down the drain just to buy votes," the statement said.

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Lambasting the Communist Party of India-Marxist of carrying on a 'fascist rule' in West Bengal for the past 30 years with the help of 'comprador capitalists', the statement said parties like the CPI and Forward Bloc which are sharing power have been exposed for continuing with the Left Front alliance and taking up anti-people policies.

It also alleged that Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was cashing in on the dissatisfaction among the people with the CPI-M. "Whatever she may promise today, once in power her rule is not going to be basically any different from that of CPI-M."

"So the only way for the people of Bengal is to boycott these sham elections and to build peoples' struggles with inspiration from the glorious spirit of the people of Lalgarh," the statement said.

The Centre, it said, had deployed 600 out of the total 800 companies of security forces in the five poll-bound states were deployed in West Bengal, where the Maoists were 'relatively stronger.' These forces along with 'harmads' (armed goons) of the CPI-M were perpetrating atrocities and violence on the masses.

Referring to poll-bound Tamil Nadu, the statement said Jayalalitha was doing there what Banerjee is trying to do in West Bengal.

"AIADMK under Jayalalitha's leadership is trying to come to power by hook or crook utilising the dissatisfaction among the people towards DMK."

In Kerala and Assam the ruling parties are bogged down by corruption. Meanwhile, voting for elections in Assam ended on Monday.

"A country which calls itself a democracy should honour the right not to vote along with the right to vote," the statement added.


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