On the call of General Strike and Hartal on 10 September 2018, Comrade Provash Ghosh, General Secretary, SUCI(C), has issued the following statement today to the press:
In protest against continuous rise in the prices of petrol-diesel and other essential commodities, growing unemployment, farmers’ debt waiver, legitimate price of agricultural produce, muzzling the voice of the opposition and most reprehensible communal politics under central BJP rule, Comrade Sitaram Yechury, the CPI (M) leader informed us in Delhi that the other opposition parties were going to call a Bharat Bandh on 10 September, we the left parties separately should give a call on 10 September. Our party gave consent to the proposal. A joint statement of the left parties has also been released in this regard.
But surprisingly, the media, we find today, is reporting that the leftists are supporting a Bandh called by the Congress. This is not the true. On our part the question of supporting a Bandh call of the Congress does not arise at all because price rise, unemployment, muffling the voice of the opposition and communal politics were very much there during the rule of the Congress as well. Moreover the Congress has not given this call for developing any mass movement but only for deriving electoral benefits. Our Party, the SUCI(C), does not practice the politics of understanding with the Congress for reaping electoral dividend by abandoning leftism.
We call upon the people of the country to make the Bharat Bandh called by the left parties on 10 September a total success.