Central cabinet like Alibaba & chalis chor : Yechury

Berhampur: Dubbing the UPA II government at the Centre as 'pro-rich and neck-deep in corruption', CPI-M Politburo member Sitaram Yechury on Friday termed the central cabinet ministers as "Ali Baba and chalis chor".

"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cabinet is like Ali Baba and chalis chor( Alibaba and forty thieves) ," he said referring to the alleged scams in telecom, coal and Commonwealth Games.

Yechury, who was addressing a public meeting organised by Ganjam district unit of CPI-M to mark the end of its 20-day padayatra in over 300 villages, said the Congress-led regime had failed to curb the rise in prices of essential commodities and was functioning at the behest of the USA.

The UPA was giving tax relief to some affluent people but was failing to provide food security to all. We (CPI-M) demand provision of 35-kg rice to all the people irrespective of APL or BPL at Rs 2 per kg.

Yechury said CPI-M would continue to oppose FDI in retail, insurance and pension sectors. During the erstwhile NDA regime Congress had supported us on FDI. BJP is now with us, he said adding both the alliances were playing politics of opportunism and not looking into the issues facing the people.

CPI-M, he said, would stage a rally in New Delhi on March 19 to demand resignation of Manmohan Singh government unless it pursued pro-poor policies.