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CPM charges BJP of playing communal card

india Updated: Dec 25, 2006 19:55 IST
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The CPIM said on Monday that the agenda behind the political resolution adopted by the BJP at its Lucknow national council session smacks of communal and divisive politics even though such policies have no acceptance among large sections of people.

"The record of the BJP in government both at the Centre and in the states, have shown people that a right-wing communal platform is no answer to their problems. The BJP leadership is unable to realise that its politics and ideology it espouses are no more in tune with the aspirations of the people who are more concerned with issues of livelihood, food, education, health and well-being," the CPIM's politburo said in a statement on Monday.

It added that BJP's political resolution harped on appeasement of minorities and the arguments it has put forward were "reminiscent of how the Hindu communal platform stayed away from the national movement for independence and sought to divide it on communal lines."

The CPIM asserted that in a secular India, the rights of minorities have to be assured and the Sachar Committee report had only underlined the failings in this regard.

Observing that the results of 'a rabid communal platform' could be serious, the major Left party said, "Muslim baiting and efforts to foment communal tensions can have harmful consequences. The BJP has to be rebuffed on this count and will be held squarely responsible for any disruptive activities," the statement said.

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