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CPI condemns MNS anti-North Indian campaign

PTI  Hyderabad, March 25, 2008
First Published: 23:04 IST(25/3/2008) | Last Updated: 23:35 IST(25/3/2008)

Condemning the divisive, anti-North Indian campaign by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the CPI on Tuesday demanded stringent action against those inciting violence and asked democratic forces to launch an united struggle against such elements.


Unfortunately, the ruling Congress-led coalition and the opposition BJP are utilising these forces for their local political gains and no adequate action is being taken against those who indulge in chauvinistic slogans and perpetuate hooliganism, the party alleged in a resolution adopted at its 20th national Congress here.

The party also accused the media, particularly the electronic media, of encouraging anti-national and parochial forces by giving "undue publicity".

In 1966, Bal Thackeray gave anti-South Indian slogans and now his nephew wants to repeat that experience by giving anti-North Indian slogans, the resolution said.

It said that the capitalist, unplanned development pursued by successive governments at the Centre and in the states had resulted in pockets of development, resulting in migration of people in search of jobs to these urban areas.

The "opportunistic, parochial and chauvinistic" forces like Shiv Sena and MNS have exploited this situation for narrow electoral gains, it said and demanded compensation for those affected by the recent violence.

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