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“We Need A ‘New Deal’ To Come Out Of Jobless Growth”

CPI-M Secretary General Sitaram Yechury on the biggest challenge for the Left, the GST and other issues.

“We Need A ‘New Deal’ To Come Out Of Jobless Growth”
Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
“We Need A ‘New Deal’ To Come Out Of Jobless Growth”
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2016-08-12T22:33:41+05:30

Elected general secretary of the CPI(M) last year, Rajya Sabha member Sitaram Yechury, 63, has had a patchy record—an expected electoral win in Kerala was partly eclipsed by a drubbing in West Bengal, where he is said to have willy-nilly gone along with the state unit’s insistence on an “arrangement” with the Congress, against the party’s much-ballyhooed ‘Vizag line’. In a freewheeling interview with Bula Devi, Yechury denies suggestions that the Left is on the decline, demands a ban on futures trading to control prices of essential commodities and claims that only seven per cent of workers today are unionised­—the biggest challenge for the Left. Excerpts:

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