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Basu: We want capital; socialism not possible now
Subhrangshu Gupta
Tribune News Service

Kolkata, January 5
Veteran CPM leader Jyoti Basu today conceded that socialism and classless society were Utopian ideas. He admitted that though they were communists, they had accepted capitalism since they were living in the capitalistic system.

“It is always wise to accept the situation and accordingly take necessary steps for quickly developing the country,” Basu suggested.

The veteran leader was talking to the media persons at the Alimuddin Street party after attending the party secretariat meeting in the morning.

Strongly endorsing CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s policy of rapid industrialisation with the private and corporate investments, Basu complemented the CM for taking the right step.

The party patriarch said the people would have to wait some more time to see the true socialism in practice and a classless society in reality.

He said the entire nation has been running under the capitalistic system and the communists, commanding only three small states, cannot enforce socialism in the entire country.

Lashing at several Left parties in the Left Front, which have been strongly opposing the government’s new industrial policy with the foreign and multi-national investments, Basu alleged these parties were not only damaging the unity of the Front but were also badly hampering the progress and development of the state.

Basu said during his chief ministership, they had accepted in principle the Centre’s new liberalisation policy. They had welcomed foreign direct investment(FDI) and private entrepreneurs as it was necessary for the industrial growth, which could solve the acute unemployment problems in the state.

But now, when the state government is going in the right direction, some partners, and a few opposition parties, were unnecessarily raising objections, he alleged. He was, however, confident that soon these parties would realise their mistakes.



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