Thursday, 24 July 2014

Socialist Party opposes the anti-poor and pro-corporate Rail Budget

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Socialist Party opposes the anti-poor and pro-corporate Rail Budget

The Rail Budget (2014-2015) presented today by the Railway Minister Shri Shadanand Gowda can be described in brief as essentially anti-poor. The unprecedented hike - 14% - in the fares will burden basically the large segment of the poor of the country. There are no concessional provisions for students and unemployed in the budget who are victims of a wrongly planned education and economic system. Secondly, by allowing FDI to facilitate ‘high speed network’ primarily meant for the rich, the budget is an undisguised leap in the direction of the corporatisation of the railways. After Defence the government has opened the Railways to be looted by the profit hungry corporate houses. It is, in fact, a neo-liberal rail budget prepared to fulfil the dreams of corporate houses and the beneficiaries of neo-liberalism.
The Socialist Party strongly opposes this rail budget for its anti-poor ‘vision’. In the considered view of the Socialist Party the rail budget should be prepared in a manner that first and foremost concern is the poor who do not have alternative choices, except sleeper or general class, in travel mode. The railways should ensure that this large but unprivileged segment can travel within their own country with comfort, dignity and security.    
The Socialist Party condemns the practice of dragging the names of our great thinkers and freedom fighters who firmly stood for the betterment of the deprived hard working masses through a self-reliant system. Invoking names of Gandhi and Vivekananda by the minister in his budgetary speech once again exposes the habitual hypocrisy of the ruling class that caters to the privileged and the powerful while invoking the needs of the ignored and the struggling majority.


Dr. Prem Singh
General Secretary/Spokesperson
Mob.: 9873276726  

Misdirected neoliberal budget will further increase inequality and unemployment: Socialist Party

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Misdirected neoliberal budget will further increase inequality and unemployment: Socialist Party

Contrary to the expectations raised by speeches made by Narendra Modi during his election campaign, the annual budget (2014-2015) presented by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is hardly any different from its  predecessor - the Congress-led UPA government. The Congress president Smt. Sonia Gandhi herself has dubbed the budget as a ‘copy of the UPA policies’. Former finance minister P. Chidambram has, sarcastically, made the comment that “BJP sought a mandate for Congress Mukt Bharat. My friend, Arun Jaitley, would have realized that it is not possible to have even Congress Mukt Budget.”
The budget shows explicitly that the BJP follows the neoliberal economic policies similar to that of the Congress, albeit in a more aggressive manner. The government’s adherence to neoliberal policies will further increase the gap in the incomes of various social segments in violation of the basic spirit of the Constitution which, through the Directive Principles and centrality of the Public Sector, is committed to the building of a just and egalitarian India.
The few concessions in direct and indirect taxes notwithstanding,  the main thrust of the budget is to whip up SEZs, Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor and similar other schemes, enhancing FDI in vital sectors like Defence and Railways and resorting to the disinvestment of profit-making PSUs.
These measures are hardly corrective in view of the ailing manufacturing sector. The sector suffers mainly due to the declining demand from the USA and the EU. If this sector is to regain its pivotal role in generation of employment the only way out is enabling the vast agriculture community to increase local demand. However, meager provisions are made for irrigation and other related areas. The announcement about soil testing arrangement is welcome but the design to bring about second agrarian revolution by harnessing high technology is fraught with great danger. The proposal to grant a ten-year tax holiday for foreign investors entering into power generation will prove harmful, taking into consideration the fate of Enron experiment.
The Socialist Party calls upon the Finance Minister to reframe his budget by according high priority to employment generation, accelerating agricultural growth, scrupulously safeguarding panchayats/municipalities rights in matters of planning, utilization of natural resources like water, land, and forest, and enhancing provisions for education and health care.
The Socialist Party finds it amusing that the Finance Minister, in his budgetary speech, has proposed a Jai Prakash Narayan National Centre for Excellence in Humanities, to be situated in Madhya Pradesh. It is an intentional attempt on his part to appropriate JP into the RSS’s communal fold. The party would like to remind the Finance Minister that JP, during the anti-emergency agitation, circulate a letter addressed to the RSS cadres advising them to shun the communal ideology and join the mainstream by internalizing secular ethos. But the RSS chief, in a quick move, tendered an unconditional apology to Smt. Indira Gandhi in order to dispel any possibility of such influence on its cadres. Later, the Janata Party was disintegrated on the issue of dual membership insisted upon by the leader of wrest while Jansangh. The minister may name the aforesaid centre after Guru Golwalkar, best suited in the vicinity of RSS ideologues Shyama Prasad Mukkherjee and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, as he has proposed certain schemes after their names.

Dr. Prem Singh
General Secretary/spokesperson

Complaint against Smt. Smriti Irani for giving false information

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Complaint against Smt. Smriti Irani for giving false information

Smt. Renu Gambhir, president, Socialist Party (India) Delhi Pradesh, has filed the following complaint to the Election Commission of India (ECI) against Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani for giving false information in her affidavits submitted to the Returning Officers at the time of filing her nominations. She has made a demand to the ECI to take appropriate action against Smt. Irani within a week time.  In case no action is taken by the ECI, Smt. Renu Gambhir will knock other doors as may be required in the law.
The Socialist Party has decided to pursue this case to its logical end. The signed PDF copy of the complaint, along with the annexure, is attached with the press release for perusal.

Pannalal Surana
Chairman
Central Parliamentary Board
Socialist Party (India)



Date: 09.07.2014
TO,
THE ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
NIRVACHAN SADAN,
ASHOKA ROAD, NEW DELHI-110001

SUBJECT: - COMPLAINT IN RELATION TO THE FALSE AFFIDAVIT FILED BY SMT. SMRITI ZUBIN IRANI BEFORE THE RETURNING OFFICER
Sir,
I, Renu Gambhir, R/o 11, Rajpur Road, Civil Line, Ashoka Apartment, Delhi-110054 am a registered voter (XVP 0735365) from Chandni Chowk Constituency and Citizen of India.
Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani (Name Given in the Affidavit dated 16.04.2014), contested an Election in the year 2004 from the Chandni Chowk Constituency, where she had lost. Thereafter she had contested for Rajya Sabha Seat from Gujarat in the year 2011 and she was elected as Member of Rajya Sabha and is continuing as Rajya Sabha Member till date. Thereafter, recently she contested Lok Sabha Election, 2014 as Candidate from Amethi Constituency, Uttar Pradesh, but lost. She is therefore, MP in Rajya Sabha and also the HRD Minister at present.
I am giving this Complaint to you, because under the Representation of People Act, 1950 and 1951, Ruled framed thereunder, as well as under Art. 324 of the Constitution of India, you are the repository of free and fair conduct of elections and the democracy not be affected from malpractice, money power, false declaration/statements etc. you have power to take action against those who commit the offence Under the provision of the Representation of People Act, 1951 as well as under the Indian Penal Code.
In this regard, your attention is drawn to the Election Commission’s circular dated 20.04.2014, wherein it is clarified that for such offences, any person aggrieved can approach the appropriate court seeking suitable action. The Copy of the Cirucular dated 24.04.2014 is annexed herewith and marked as ANNEXURE A-1 Pgs 6 to 7
The aforesaid Complaint is being made against Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, W/o. Zubin Faredoon Irani, R/o. A-602, Neptune Appartment, 4th Cross Lane, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri(W), Mumbai, PIN – 400 053, presently residing at C1/2, Lodhi Garden,New Delhi-110003.
Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani has given following declarations under oath, before the Office of Returning Officer of the Election Commission of India, from time to time.
A)     In the year 2004, while contesting for the Lok Sabha, she stated as under:
“(4) My educational qualifications are as under:-
(GIVE DETAILS OF SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY EDUCATION)
(name of School/ University and the year in whichj the course was completed should also be given).
10th   1991   C.B.S.E./HolyChild Auxilium, Vasant Vihar,New-Delhi
12th   1993                              -do-
BA    1996    Delhi University (School of Correspondence)”
True Copy of the Affidavit dated 23.04.2004 is annexed herewith and marked as ANNXURE A-2 Pgs 8 to 14.
B)      In the year 2011, while contesting Election for the Rajya Sabha, she stated as under:-
          “9.Highest educational qualification
             B.Com. Part I      School of Correspondence, Delhi University-1994”
True Copy of the Affidavit dated11.07.2011 is annexed herewith and marked as ANNXURE A-3 Pgs15 to 26
C)      In the year 2014, while contesting Election for the Lok Sabha, , she stated as under :-
“(10) My educational qualification is as under:
All india secondary School Examination conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education Holy Child Auxillium School, Delhi-1991
All India Senior School Certificate Examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education Holy Child Auxillium School, Delhi- 1993
Bachelor of Commerce Part-1, School of open Learning (Correspondence), University of Delhi in year 1994”
True Copy of the Affidavit dated 16.04.2014 is annexed herewith and marked as ANNEXURE A-4 Pgs 27 to .
The above declarations/statements are made under the Oath before the Notrary, and have been submitted before the Returning Officers, deputed by the Election Commission of India, who is a Public Authority.
          Submitting the above declarations/statements, which are not only mutually contradictory and misleading, but also false. Therefore Smt. Irani has committed the following offences:
1)       She has committed an offence U/s. 125 A of the RP Act, 1951, as she has submitted aforesaid false information, which she knew and has reason to believe to be false and/or has concealed relevant information.
2)       She has committed an offence U/s. 171G IPC, as she has given a Statement of Fact, which she knew and believed it to be false, and in any case did not believe it to be true in relation to her qualification, which has direct bearing on her personal character and conduct as candidate and she did it with an intent to affect the result of the Elections.
3)       She has also committed an offence U/s 177 IPC, since despite her knowledge and reason to believe it to be false, she has furnished false information regarding her qualification, though, under the law she was legally bound to furnish the correct Information.
4)       She has also committed an offence U/s 181 IPC, as she has made false statement before a Notary, knowing that her statement is false and that she knew it and believed it to be false and in any case not to be true.
5)       By giving a false Information about her qualification, which she very well knew it to be false, she has caused injury to the mind of not only the Voter of her Constituency, but also voters of the Country, as such said conduct of hers amounts to the commission of forgery and other offences.
6)    That the preparation of documents in the form of affidavit by issuing declaration and subsequently presenting before public notary and also after its swearing constitutes penal provision under section 199 of the IPC apart from the offences punishable under the Representation of People Act. 
7)       That apart from offence under section 199 of the IPC the accused has also committed offence under section 463 and 464 of the IPC and as such she is liable to be punished for the same as per the provisions of Law.
It is submitted that the complainant came to know about the discrepancies in the affidavit when she read the affidavit filed by Mrs Irani in the year 2014 and compared with other affidavits filed by Mrs. Irani in the year 2004 and 2011. 
The aforesaid facts are being brought to your notice, so that you take cognizance of the offences committed by   Smt. Smriti Zubin   Irani    and take appropriate action, by filing FIR/Complaint before the appropriate Court, in addition to all other action contemplated under the law.
In case, the required action is not taken by you within a week, I shall be constrained to lodge appropriate complaint before the Police or before the Court and shall take such other action as may be required in law.
Name and address of the Complainant:-
Smt. Renu Gambhir
11, Rajpur Road, Civil Lines
Ashoka Apartment,
Delhi-110054

Stop grabbing farmers’ lands : Formulate comprehensive land use policy

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            As was expected, the Modi government is going to amend the Land Acquisition Act which was enacted by the UPA government last year only. The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill was made an Act after due deliberations in the Parliament and various other fora. The new Act provides at least some safeguards to the land owners/communities and takes care of environment related issues to some extent. The number of amendments proposed by the Rural Development Ministry, if accepted, could dilute the new Land Acquisition Act in more than one ways in the favour of the private sector. The government plans the amendments so that corporate houses can acquire farmers’ lands easily at a low price with the help of coercive power of the State. One can argue that if the tenets of Free Market Economy are to be faithfully followed, enterprisers should purchase land for their industrial ventures in open market by paying the market price. The corporate houses, however, want unfettered scope for fixing prices of their products or in hiring and firing labour, they ask for use of coercive power of the State while acquiring natural resources such as land, forests, water, minerals etc. free or at nominal price. They feel that, being industrialists, they are obliging the whole society and hence ask for all such concessions as their right. Such double standards are an in-built part of selfish and profit-mongering class of Businessmen. They don’t care for any ethical norm of social behavior.
            The point involved is not only protecting the farmers’ means of livelihood, but of planning for egalitarian and optimal use of limited natural resource like land. Agriculture is as necessary as industry for meeting basic needs of the people. Supply of land cannot be augmented. So, the lands under cultivation, as far as possible, must not be taken over for other purposes. Fortunately, in our country, about fifteen percent of surface land is such that it cannot be used for cultivation but can be utilized to locate industries or other similar projects. Of course, they are far away from the urban centers enjoying various infrastructure facilities. An enterpriser will have to put in special efforts for erecting such facilities there. The State may extend some help for establishing industrial projects in such areas. But it should not deprive the farmers of their means of livelihood, as also to protect the basic resource for production of food. An enterpriser can very well afford to spend a few more rupees for creating infrastructure facilities.
            The Socialist Party (India) has been asking for formulation of a comprehensive ‘Land Use Policy’ so that best possible use of this rare natural resource can be made for the benefit of whole society and also for the future generations. The Socialist Party strongly opposes the proposed amendments in the Land Acquisition Act. The party appeals to the farmers’ unions to come forward in order to abort this anti-farmer move of the government.

Dr. Prem Singh
General Secretary/Spokesperson
Mob.: 9873276726

Barbaric attack on Palestinian civilians must be stopped immediately: Socialist party

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The Socialist Party strongly condemns the recent attacks over the last five days on Palestine’s Gaza by Israeli forces killing more than 120 civilians including a large number of small children and women. The party terms the attacks just as barbaric, and a heinous crime against humanity. The excuses propagated by the Israeli authorities are not at all justifiable hence acceptable under the international laws that ensure a right to life for every person. Even before the recent attacks the Israeli forces have kidnapped, jailed, brutalized and killed hundreds of Palestinian youngsters.
Given India’s old relationship with Palestine the response of the present Indian government through the MEA spokesperson is not substantial, to say the least. The government through its Minister of External Affairs should have condemned the attacks in unequivocal terms and raised the issue on international fora pressing upon to stop the attacks immediately.
There was a time when the cause of Palestinians happened to be a major concern for India and Yasser Arafat, a symbol of Palestinian struggle, was a well known name in the country. The intelligentsia and civil society were also supportive to the Palestinian cause. But things started changing fast after imposition of US-Britain-directed neoliberal reforms in the beginning of the nineteenth century. The BJP-led NDA government of 1998-2004 transformed India’s foreign policy tiding its knots with the US-Israel nexus. The governments of neoliberal era support Israel and keep mum against the atrocities committed by her on the civilian population of Palestine in order to appease the US. ‘Always part with the powerful’ has become motive of the neoliberal India.
The Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan have become a worst kind of battle ground in the hands of neoliberal and authoritarian/fundamentalist powers. They flourish on each other’s worms. This civil war like grave situation bears serious ramifications for India. But the Indian ruling class has no role to play in the region except toeing the line of the US. This subordinate role of the Indian governments has endangered country’s interests as an independent nation. This is the backdrop in which the present government has not taken a strong stand against Israel’s brutal attacks on the Palestinian people.
The Socialist Party opposes the barbaric attacks and extends complete solidarity with the people of Palestine who have been facing Zionist onslaught on their lives and motherland for more than half century. The party appeals to the peace loving citizens of India to raise their voice to stop the attacks immediately. The party further appeals to the world community that it is a high time to insist upon the key-players for a political solution of the prolonged national, ethnic and sectarian problems in this entire region. Lastly, the party would like to press upon the Hamas leadership to deter from violent retaliatory actions in order to save the lives of innocent Palestinians as well as Israelis and to mobilize public opinion in favour of the cause of Palestinians.      

Dr. Prem Singh
General Secretary/Spokesperson
Mob. : 9873276726

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी सार्वजनिक क्षेत्र और धारा 370 के लिए प्रतिबद्ध

शिक्षा, पानी, चुनाव सुधार और अल्‍पसंख्‍यकों की बेहतरी पर जनजागरण अभियान चलाएगी

सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी की राष्‍टीय कार्यकारिणी की दो-दिवसीय बैठक पार्टी अध्‍यक्ष भाई वैद्य की अध्‍यक्षता में दिल्‍ली में संपन्‍न हुईा बैठक में लोकसभा चुनाव के नतीजों की समीक्षा की गई, राजनीतिक-आर्थिक प्रस्‍ताव पारित किए गए और अगले पांच साल के लिए पार्टी का कार्यक्रम तय किया गयाा बैठक में विभिन्‍न राज्‍यों से आए राष्‍टीय कार्यकारिणी समिति के सदस्‍यों, राज्‍य इकाइयों के अध्‍यक्षों के अलावा विशेष आमंत्रित सदस्‍यों के रूप में डॉ जीजी पारिख, रविकिरण जैन, डॉ सुनीलम, श्‍याम गंभीर और अनिल नौरिया ने हिस्‍सा लियाा पार्टी के महासचिव डॉ प्रेम सिंह ने सभी आगंतुकों का स्‍वागत कियाा  
अपने अध्‍यक्षीय वक्‍तव्‍य में भाई वैद्य ने कहा कि आरएसएस ने कारपोरेट और मीडिया को साथ लेकर सांप्रदायिक ध्रुवीकरण के सहारे यह चुनाव जीता हैा यूपीए सरकार की नवउदारवादी नीतियों और भ्रष्‍टाचार के खिलाफ अगर टिकाऊ तीसरे मोर्चे का गठन हो जाता तो भाजपा को पूर्ण बहुमत नहीं मिल पाताा पैसा पानी की तरह बहाने के बावजूद भाजपा को केवल 31 प्रतिशत मतदाताओं ने अपना समर्थन दिया हैा भाई वैद्य ने कहा कि भाजपानीत एनडीए सरकार कांग्रेस की नवउदारवादी नीतियों को और तेजी से परवान चढाएगी तथा आरएसएस अपना संविधान और समाज विरोधी सांप्रदायिक अजेंडा थोपने की पूरी कोशिश करेगाा सरकार ने पहले दिन से ही नवउदारवादी और सांप्रदायिक अजेंडा लागू करना शुरू कर दिया हैा इससे जनता की तकलीफें और ज्‍यादा बढेंगीा इस नए नवउदारवादी-सांप्रदायिक गठजोड का मुकागला करने के लिए उन्‍होंने सोशलिस्‍ट-कम्‍युनिस्‍ट एकता कायम करने का आहवान कियाा
पार्टी के वरिष्‍ठ सदस्‍य जस्टिस राजेंद्र सच्‍चर ने कहा कि जिस जमात ने आजादी के संघर्ष  का विरोध किया और गांधी जी की हत्‍या की, उसका पूर्ण बहुमत के साथ सत्‍ता में आना गहरी चिंता का सबब हैा सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी के कार्यकर्ताओं को चाहिए कि वे आजादी और संविधान के मूल्‍यों तथा लोकतांत्रिक संस्‍थाओं की मजबूती के लिए पूरे देश में जमीनी स्‍तर जुट कर काम करेंा उन्‍होंने खास कर युवा कार्यकर्ताओं से कहा कि यह उनकी जिम्‍मेदारी बनती है कि वे नवउदारवादी नीतियों से तबाह जनता के बीच जाकर समझाएं कि निजीकरण के रहते शिक्षा, स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य, पानी, बिजली जैसी उनकी मूलभूत जरूरतें कभी पूरी नहीं हो सकतींा
बैठक में पारित प्रस्‍ताव में सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी ने एक बार फिर पूर्ण रोजगार गारंटी कानून बनाने की मांग रखीा पार्टी ने सार्वजनिक क्षेत्र के पक्ष में अपनी प्रतिबद्धता जाहिर करते हुए रक्षा जैसे संवेदनशील विभाग में 100 प्रतिशत निजी/विदेशी निवेश के सरकार के फैसले का विरोध किया, क्‍योंकि रक्षा का सवाल देश की संप्रभुता और आजादी से जुडा हैा पार्टी ने पॉवर और रेलवे जैसे जनता की जरूरतों से जुडे महत्‍वपूर्ण विभागों के निजीकरण और बाल्‍को तथा भेल जैसी कंपनियों के विनिवेशीकरण का भी विरोध कियाा सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी ने प्रस्‍ताव में देश को आगाह किया है कि सार्वजनिक क्षेत्र के उपक्रमों को एक होल्डिंग कंपनी के अंतर्गत लाने की जो बात सरकार कर रही है, उसके पीछे उसकी नीयत उन्‍हें निजी क्षेत्र को बेचने की हो सकती हैा   
प्रस्‍ताव में सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी ने वर्तमान सरकार में मंत्री नजमा हेपतुल्‍ला के मुसलमानों को अल्‍पसंख्‍यक नहीं मानने के संविधान विरोधी बयान की कडी निंदा और विरोध किया हैा पार्टी ने मंत्री के उस बयान का भी विरोध किया है जिसमें अल्‍पसंख्‍यकों के लिए पिछले तीन दशकों से जारी 15 सूत्री कार्यक्रम को बंद करने की बात की गई हैा पार्टी की मांग है कि यह जरूरी कार्यक्रम सभी अल्‍पसंख्‍यक समुदायों के नुमाइंदों के साथ विचार-विमर्श करके और प्रभावी और मजबूत बनाया जाना चाहिएा प्रस्‍ताव में धारा 370 को समाप्‍त करने की सरकार की मंशा का कडा विरोध किया हैा इरोम शर्मिला के सत्‍याग्रह का एक बार फिर समर्थन करते हुए अफस्‍पा को हटाने की मांग दोहराई गई हैा
चुनाव सुधार पर पारित प्रस्‍ताव में मांग की गई है कि कारपोरेट घरानों द्वारा राजनीतिक पार्टियों को चुनाव के लिए धन देने पर रोक लगे, केवल उम्‍मीदवारों का ही नहीं, पार्टी के चुनाव खर्च का हिसाब भी मांगा जाए, उम्‍मीदवारों के लिए जमानत की राशि विधानसभा में दो हजार और संसद में पांच हजार रखी जाए, चुनाव का खर्च सीधे सरकार उठाएा मौजूदा मतदान प्रणाली के अनुसार 33 प्रतिशत वोट पाने वाली पार्टी को 60 प्रतिशत सीटें मिल जाती हैं और आठ-दस प्रतिशत वोट पाने वाली पार्टियों को एक भी सीट नहीं मिल पातीा सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी ने मांग की है कि एक नई प्रणाली अपनाई जाए जिसके तहत मिलने वाले वोट के अनुपात में राजनीतिक पार्टियों को सीट मिलेंा खास कर इलैक्‍टॉनिक मीडिया ने इस बार के लोकसभा चुनाव में बडी भूमिका निभाई हैा यह आम धारणा है कि उसकी यह भूमिका तटस्‍थ और तथ्‍याधारित न होकर पक्षपातपूर्ण और भ्रम फैलाने वाली रही हैा आगे ऐसा न हो, इलैक्‍टॉनिक मीडिया के नियमन के लिए भारतीय प्रैस परिषद जैसी संस्‍था का गठन किया जाना चाहिएा  
बैठक में फैसला किया गया कि सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी शिक्षा और पानी के बाजारीकरण के खिलाफ, चुनाव सुधारों के पक्ष में और अल्‍पसंख्‍यकों की सुरक्षा व बेहतरी के लिए अगले पांच सालों में जनजागरण अभियान चलाएगीा
सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी का मानना है कि वैकल्पिक विकास के मॉडल का आधार गांधी और लोहिया का चिंतन हो सकता हैा सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी को भारत की ‘ग्रीन पार्टी’ के रूप में विकसित करने के विचार के तहत राष्‍टीय कार्यकारिणी की बैठक में ‘विकास और जलवायु परिवर्तन की समस्‍या’ पर एक विशेष सत्र आयोजित किया गयाा सत्र को प्रोफेसर सनत मोहंती, भारत डोगरा, संदीप पांडे और मोनिष बब्‍बर ने संबोधित कियाा
एक विशेष सत्र लोक राजनीति मंच, जिसकी स्‍थापना 2009 के लोकसभा चुनाव के पहले की गई थी, के तत्‍वावधान में आयोजित किया गया जिसे रविकिरण जैन, शमशेर सिंह बिष्‍ट, कमला, मंजू मोहन, संदीप पांडे, डॉ प्रेम सिंह समेत कई जनांदोलनकारियों व बुद्धिजीवियों ने संबोधित कियाा चर्चा के बाद यह फैसला किया गया कि दरपेश राजनीतिक चुनौतियों के मद्देनजर लोक राजनीति मंच को ज्‍यादा सक्रिय और प्रभावी बनाया जाएगाा
सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी दिल्‍ली की अध्‍यक्ष रेणु गंभीर ने सभी प्रतिभागियों का धन्‍यवाद कियाा   

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Socialist Party is committed to Public Sector and Article 370

Will hold a public awareness campaign about Education, Water, Electoral Reforms and Betterment of Minorities

The two-day national executive committee meeting of the Socialist Party  held in Delhi under the chairmanship of the party’s president Bhai Vaidya, a veteran socialist and former Home Minister of Maharashtra. In the meeting, the results of the Lok Sabha 2014 elections were analyzed, political and economic resolutions were passed and party’s agenda for the next five years was set. The meeting was attended by the members of the national executive committee from the various states as well as by presidents of the state units. Apart from them, the meeting was also attended by Dr. G. G. Parikh (Editor, Janata Weekly), Ravikiran Jain (senior advocate and office bearer of PUCL), Dr. Sunilam (senior socialist leader from Madhya Pradesh), Shyam Gambhir (senior socialist leader from Delhi) and Anil Nauriya (senior advocate and scholar of modern Indian history) as the special invitees. The general secretary of the party Dr. Prem Singh cordially welcomed all the delegates.
            Bhai Vaidya in his presidential address said that the RSS has won this election on the basis of communal polarization achieved with the help of corporate and media. If a stable third front could have been constituted against the neo-liberal policies and corruption of the UPA government then the BJP would not have got absolute majority. Despite having spent money in torrents, only 31 percent of the voters have supported the BJP. Bhai Vaidya also cautioned that the BJP led NDA government will further accelerate the neo-liberal policies of the Congress. At the same time, the RSS will try its best to push its anti-constitutional and anti-social communal agenda. One can see that the government has already started implementing its neo-liberal and communal agenda openly from the very first day. This will further increase the predicament of the deprived masses. In order to challenge this neo-liberal-communal nexus, he has called for a socialist-communist unity.
Justice Rajindar Sachar,          senior member of the party, speaking on the occasion said that it is a matter of grave concern that the faction which opposed the freedom movement and was responsible for the murder of Gandhiji has come to power with absolute majority. The members of the Socialist Party need to work at the grass roots level to strengthen the democratic institutions as well as for the values of the freedom movement and the Constitution. He categorically asked the young activists of the party to go amidst the public, whose lives have been destroyed because of the neo-liberal policies, and explain to them that their basic needs like education, health, water, electricity etc. can never be met as long as privatization is there.
            Through the resolution passed in the meeting, the Socialist Party again demanded the introduction of a ‘Full Employment Guarantee Law’ making employment a Fundamental Right. Reiterating its commitment to the Public Sector, the party learnt with alarm the announcements by the newly formed central government to dismantle and discourage Public Sector by allowing even 100 percent of FDI in a sensitive sector like Defense, directly responsible for the country’s sovereignty and independence. The Socialist Party expressed complete opposition to this decision. The party also opposed the privatization of the departments/undertakings associated with the basic needs of the public like Power and Railways as also the disinvestment of companies like BALCO and BHEL. The Socialist Party has also warned the nation that the proposal of the government to bring the Public Sector Undertakings under one ‘holding company’ might be a ploy to sell them to the private sector.
            In the resolution, the party has severely criticized and opposed the anti-constitutional statement of Najma Heptullah, Minister for Minority Affairs, in the current government, that the Muslims are not a minority. The statement shows total ignorance of the constitutional principles and settled position of the Supreme Court that religious minorities, including Muslims, are recognized features of the Constitution. The party further condemned the statement of the minister that the 15 point program for the minorities, which has been in operation for the last three decades, should be discontinued. The party rather is of the strong opinion that this program needs to be strengthened and properly outlined with the active consultation and participation of the concerned organizations and members of the community concerned. The government’s intention to abolish Article 370 has also been severely opposed in the resolution. Reiterating the support for Irom Sharmila’s satyagrah, the demand to remove the AFSPA was repeated.
            In the resolution regarding the electoral reforms, it was demanded that the practice of the donations from corporate houses to political parties for election expenses should be stopped; not only the candidates but the party should also submit accounts of election expenses; the security deposit for candidates should be rupees two thousand in the legislative assembly elections and rupees five thousand in the Lok Sabha elections; and the government should bear the election expenses so that poor citizens can also contest elections. According to the current voting system, the party which gets 33 percent vote share gets about 60 percent of the seats whereas the party which gets about 8-10 percent of the vote share does not get even a single seat. The Socialist Party in its resolution has demanded that a new system should be adopted according to which the political parties should get seats in proportion to their vote share. Especially the electronic media has played a key role in these elections. It is commonly believed that its role has been partisan and misleading instead of being neutral and factual. In order to prevent this from happening in future, an institution akin to the Press Council of India should be formed to regulate the electronic media.
            It was decided in the meeting that the Socialist Party will run a nation-wide public awareness campaign in the next five years against the marketization of education and water; in favor of electoral reforms; and for the protection and betterment of the minority communities.
            The Socialist Party believes that the model of alternate development can be based on the ideas of Gandhi and Lohia. With the view to develop the Socialist Party as the ‘green party’ of India, a special session on ‘Development and Climate Change’ was organized. Professor Sanat Mohanty, Bharat Dogra, Sandeep Pandey and Monish Babbar addressed the session.
            A special session was organized under the aegis of Lok Rajneeti Manch (Peoples Political Front) which was formed before the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. This session was addressed by many peoples’ movement activists and public intellectuals including Ravikiran Jain, Shamsher Singh Bisht, Kamla, Manjoo Mohan, Sandeep Pandey and Dr. Prem Singh. After the discussion it was decided that considering the existing political challenges, the Lok Rajneeti Manch should be made active and influential.
            Renu Gambhir, president of the Socialist Party, Delhi, presented vote of thank to all the participants.

Dr. Prem Singh
General secretary/Spokesperson
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