CPI slams beef ban in BJP-ruled states

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 03, 2015 10:05 IST

The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Thursday slamming the beef ban in the BJP-ruled states.

The national council of the party accused the 'Sangh Parivar' of "harassing and psychologically terrorising" the minorities and said it would intensify campaign against the "communal offensive of the Hindutva forces."

"The ban on beef in the BJP-ruled Haryana and Maharashtra is a direct interference in the food habits of the people. They have no business to enter into our kitchens to find out what is being cooked," CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy told reporters after the concluding session of the party's national executive and national council meeting here.

The CPI's three-day brainstorming session ended with the party announcing that Left parties would contest the forthcoming Bihar assembly elections as a block. Besides, the national council of the CPI also chalked out a multi-pronged anti-corruption offensive against the BJP on issues such as Modigate, Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and involvement of Maharashtra ministers in different corruption cases.

During the national executive and national council meetings, the CPI dubbed the one-year rule of the Modi government as "disastrous".

The party raised concern over the "anti-minority activities" of saffron outfits. The national council decided to intensify the campaign against the "communal offensive" of saffron outfits and urged all secular-democratic forces to unite.

"Gau raksha is different, ban on beef is different," Reddy said.

Bihar poll strategy chalked out

The upcoming Bihar assembly polls were also discussed at length during the meeting with the party think tank deciding that all Left parties should fight the elections as a block.

"We would like to strengthen the Left Block in the country. Discussions will be held with other Left parties," said Reddy with party's national council secretary D Raja by his side.

"There is an anti-BJP sentiment in most parts of the country, including Bihar. Also, the people are not satisfied with successive governments in Bihar. So, we would like to present an effective, powerful Left alternative to them," he said. CPI leaders ruled out alliance with the Congress.

Resolution on Punjab adopted

The national council of the CPI adopted a resolution on Punjab, expressing deep concern over the deteriorating law and order situation and growing menace of narcotics. The national council called upon the Left and "democratic forces" to jointly fight 'anti-people policies and diversionary communal tactics" of the SAD-BJP government in Punjab. However, the CPI strongly backed the Punjab's case for financial bailout package.

What the CPI said:

*The Modi government has showered concessions on corporate houses, particularly benefitting the Adani-Ambani duo.

*The much-hyped 'Make in India' campaign will facilitate entry of foreign MNCs for setting up assembling units

*The "land grab ordinance" of the Modi government will not only deprive the farmers of their land, but also reduce the area under cultivation, endangering the very concept of food security

* PM Narendra Modi with his authoritarian bent of mind was showing dictatorial tendencies.

*The national council has reiterated its commitment to extend and strengthen the Left unity. In Bihar polls, Left parties will present themselves as an alternative to the other two combinations.

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