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The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Monday denounced the government over the sale of Air India to the Tatas, claiming it was a “gift” from the center to the group and a “highway theft in the light of the day “of national assets.

Addressing a press conference, CPI Secretary General (M) Sitaram Yechury asserted that the airline’s burden of Rs 46,262 crore will be left to the people of the country.

“The central government continues to relentlessly plunder India’s national assets. The iconic national airline, Air India, has been sold to the Tatas. This sale is tantamount to offering a free gift to the Tatas by the Modi government. daylight road theft of national property.

“The Tatas will inherit 15,300 crore rupees, which will surely be restructured, paying the central government only 2,700 crore rupees for the national carrier, with all its core assets,” Yechury said.

The remaining debt of Rs 46,262 crore will be the burden of the government, which means the people will have to bear it, he asserted.

“However, all assets acquired by Air India through its debt, including the brand new fleet of aircraft, will now be owned by the Tatas,” Yechury said.

Responding to a question about an alliance with Congress at the national level, Yechury said the final decision would be made by the CPI (M) party congress.

“The goal now is to isolate and defeat the BJP and maximize the poll of anti-BJP votes. We will decide at the state level how best to do this. The focus is on strengthening our independent means. Find and correct weaknesses, “he said. noted.

Party sources say senior leaders are divided over a national alliance with Congress. At a bureau meeting, while leaders in Kerala were opposed to the idea, those in West Bengal argued that united opposition cannot emerge without Congress.

During the press conference, Yechury also raised the issue of violence in Jammu and Kashmir and questioned the government about 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 promises to erase “Dil ki doori, Dilli ki doori” remains “empty rhetoric.”

The CPI (M) leader also demanded the immediate dismissal of the Union Minister of State for the Interior, Ajay Mishra, in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.

“Justice cannot be served by keeping him as minister,” he said.

There is a large number of recorded footage from the incident which clearly shows the “deliberate manner in which this brutality was carried out,” Yechury said.

“The main defendant can be identified in these images. The party demands the immediate dismissal of the minister and strict measures against his son accused of brutal murder in cold blood,” he added.

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