Terming BJP leader LK Advani's proposed 'rath yatra' as a "farce", the CPI(M) has said the country can ill-afford the sharpening of communal polarisation under the "veil" of fighting corruption.
Noting that the latest yatra would be Advani's sixth since the "infamous 1992 yatra that left behind a mayhem of communal bloodshed", Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury said, "Notwithstanding the law of diminishing returns that has been operating exponentially with him, he has undauntedly announced yet another yatra."
Observing that the people would "see through the farce" of this yatra on corruption, he remarked, "The first time Advani went on a yatra, it was a tragedy. The second was a farce. This would be a farce of the sixth order."
"The country can ill-afford the sharpening of communal polarisation under the ostensible veil of fighting corruption", Yechury said in an editorial in the latest issue of CPI(M) organ 'People's Democracy'.
He claimed Advani's yatra was bound to make the country recollect the series of scams that rocked the erstwhile NDA government like telecom scandal, sugar scam, UTI fiasco, Ketan Parekh stock market scam, scams in defence deals exposed by Tehelka, the coffin scam, the mega petro scam and land scam.
"Apart from these scams, this BJP government opened the Mauritius route for financial transactions that has led to large-scale money laundering and transfer of black money abroad," Yechury alleged.