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CPI pumps up anti-Posco stir

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Sowmya Aji New Delhi, May 18, 2010

Political and public opinion against the South Korean steel giant Posco’s plant in Orissa is gaining momentum.

Left leaders and intellectuals have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemning the May 15 police firing on protesters. The BJP has sent a fact-finding team to the spot.

CPI general secretary A. B. Bardhan, whose party is leading the agitation, said the stir will continue despite the firing.

“I will address a meeting at the very spot where the firing took place on May 19, irrespective of whether Section 144 is in place or not,” he told MAIL TODAY. The Left will also participate in a bandh across the state on May 21 to draw attention to the plight of the people in the project-affected area.

Other than the Congress, the ruling Biju Janata Dal and the BJP, all other political parties will participate in the bandh.

Bardhan said his party had written several letters to their on-and-off ally, Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik, protesting against the crushing of tribal rights in several cases in Orissa including Posco and the Tata port at Dhamra.

Bardhan said Posco’s demand for a captive port and steel mines was unacceptable, as there would be no account of transactions if everything was private.

CPI national secretary D. Raja in a letter to the PM said the attack on the protesters was “brutal” and “this kind of atrocity can never be justified”. Calling the Orissa government’s action “doubly criminal”, Raja demanded the environment ministry’s conditional clearance to the project should be withdrawn immediately.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Story/97769/India/CPI+pumps+up+anti-Posco+stir.html

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Written by janjagriti

May 18, 2010 at 4:12 am

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