CPI-M flays Samajwadi Party for 'opportunism'
The CPI-M Friday pointedly accused its long-term ally the Samajwadi Party of "opportunism" after the government won the FDI vote in parliament.
"This was possible due to the opportunism of the Samajwadi Party and the dubious position adopted by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)," the CPI-M said in a statement.
"Both these parties spoke out against FDI (foreign direct investment) in retail trade but acted in a manner to help the government succeed," the Communist Party of India-Marxist said.
It said despite the government's victory, the parliament debate showed that "an overwhelming number of political parties representing a clear majority of MPs are not in favour of allowing FDI in retail trade. This reflects the views of the majority of the people of the country.
"However, despite this opposition, the government was able to maneouvre to get the motion against FDI in retail trade defeated."
The CPI-M also urged the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh to tackle the recurring communal incidents in the state.
Referring to the communal violence in Faizabad Oct 24, it said: "This was not a communal riot but a planned attack on the Muslim community."
It added: "There have been a number of communal incidents in Uttar Pradesh in the recent months.
"The Samajwadi Party government has to take these communal incidents seriously. The (CPI-M) wants the state government to take firm measures to curb the activities of the communal forces."