New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Monday hit out at the government over the sale of Air India to Tata, claiming it was a “gift” from the Center to the group and “robber of daylight” of national assets.
Addressing a press conference here, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury alleged that the burden of Rs 46,262 crore on the airline would be left to the people of the country.
“The central government continues with its continued looting of India’s national wealth. The iconic national flag carrier, Air India, has been sold to Tatas. This sale is tantamount to free gifts by the Modi government to Tatas.
This is a highway robbery of national property in broad daylight.
“Tata will get a loan of Rs 15,300 crore, which will definitely be restructured, leaving the central government to pay only Rs 2,700 crore for the national carrier with all its original assets,” Yechury said.
He claimed that the remaining Rs 46,262 crore loan would be of the government, that is, the public would have to bear this burden.
“However, all assets acquired by Air India out of its debt, including the new fleet of aircraft, will now be the property of Tata,” Yechury said.
Responding to the question of alliance with Congress at the national level, Yechury said that the final decision will be taken by the CPI(M) party Congress.
“Now the focus is on isolating and defeating the BJP and maximizing the turnout of the anti-BJP votes. We will decide state-wise how this can be done. The focus is on strengthening our independent methods. Weaknesses,” he said. Find and improve,” he said. said.
Party sources indicate that the top leadership is divided over a nationwide alliance with the Congress.
During a Politburo meeting, while the leaders of Kerala were opposed to the idea, the people of West Bengal argued that a united opposition could not emerge without the Congress.
In the press meet, Yechury also raised the issue of violence in Jammu and Kashmir and questioned the government on the Centre’s promise of peace in the region.
The party said the prime minister’s meeting with the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir in June this year with a promise to erase “Dil ki Doori, Delhi Ki Doori” remains “empty rhetoric”.
The CPI(M) leader also demanded immediate dismissal of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
“Justice cannot be served with his continuity as a minister,” he said.
Yechury said there is a large amount of recorded footage of the incident which clearly shows the “deliberate manner in which this brutality was committed”.
“The main accused can be identified in this footage. The party demands immediate sacking of the minister and strict action against his son for the brutal murder,” he said.