Left Parties stage protest over easing of FDI norms
The Left raised strong objections to the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), which allows militaries of India and the US to share each other’s facilities, and expressed fears that Indian territory will be used by Washington to attack other countries, affecting New Delhi’s ties with the nations concerned.
“It is a very, very wrong step…Modi can get full approval (for this) in Lok Sabha, but not from people who are going to be severely affected. Taken behind the back of Parliament, this decision is not in the interest of India, but developed countries and multinational companies,” CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat said.
Karat noted Kejriwal has been raising concern over several issues, including that of statehood for Delhi, and said the Left parties back the demand.
However, Karat said Kejriwal’s fight against the NDA government does not give him a “free licence” to not work on his promises to people about providing water, electricity and protecting rights of labourers.
“And when the real attack of FDI comes, Kejriwal’s Twitter account doesn’t speak a single word. Hence, Left parties will need to come forward for alternative policies,” she said.
The former Parliamentarian apprehended that the easing of FDI norms will result in further price rise and shrinking employment opportunities.
She claimed the decision to relax foreign investment norms in animal husbandry, retail and private security industry sectors will affect livelihood of women, small retailers and security guards respectively.
“…this is not Make in India, but Break in India of RSS-BJP,” she added.
Besides Karat, CPI national secretary Amarjeet Kaur addressed the protesters belonging to the city unit of various Left parties.
Apart from CPI(M) and CPI, workers of state units of Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party, CPI(ML), Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) and Communist Ghadar Party of India took part in the protest.