We’ll protest against Anna’s arrest: CPI-M

August 16th, 2011 - 8:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Tuesday alleged that the Congress-led union government was patronising corruption and trying to crush the anti-corruption campaign in the country.

“The union government is patronising corruption in the country and whoever is trying to raise its voice against corruption is being crushed brutally by this government. This is a prelude to dictatorship,” CPI-M central committee member Mohammed Salim told a media conference.

People from all walks of life poured onto the roads across the country to register their protest against the arrest of social activist Anna Hazare in New Delhi.

Hazare and his key aides were arrested in New Delhi while readying to launch a hunger strike to press for a strong Lokpal bill.

“It is an attack on the democratic rights of the people of the country. We want a strong Lokpal bill in the country and want a strong Lokayukta in all the states of the country,” said Salim.

The CPI-M politburo has called upon all its party units to conduct protests Wednesday all over the country to condemn the “ghastly act” of the government.

Salim also took a dig at the intellectuals of the state for keeping mum on the issue of Anna’s arrest.

“Where are the intellectuals of our state? We haven’t seen them hitting the streets protesting against the arrests, but in last three years we have on various occasions seen them protesting against the Left Front regime,” said Salim.

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