The Left parties – the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party – met in New Delhi on June 19, 2011. They have issued the following statement:
Movement against Corruption
The Left parties decided to conduct a countrywide movement against corruption and to demand immediate measures to curb corruption in all spheres of public life. The Left parties’ platform against corruption includes:
i) Adoption of an effective Lokpal legislation
ii) There should be a National Judicial Commission to curb corruption in the high judiciary
iii) Stringent action against the rampant corruption fostered by the big business-politician-bureaucratic nexus which has led to scandal such as the 2G spectrum case.
iv) Implementation of electoral reforms including introduction of proportional representation system to check money power in elections
v) Steps to unearth black money and repatriation of the illegal money stashed abroad.
In order to get these demands implemented, the Left parties will launch a movement from July 15-21, 2011 all over the country. In this week-long movement, the Left parties will picket Central Government offices, hold demonstrations, dharnas and rallies.
The Left parties will hold a demonstration in Delhi outside Parliament on these demands after the Parliament session begins in July.
Prakash Karat (CPI(M)
A. B. Bardhan (CPI)
Debabrata Biswas (AIFB)
Abani Roy (RSP)