The Communist Party of India (CPI) has asked chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to rethink his decision to support "a person who personifies communalism and is against all religious minorities in the country".
Referring to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, the CPI has asked Badal to also step out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), country's main opposition group led by Modi's party. "This (the advice to Badal) becomes necessary, as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has picked Modi as its prime ministerial candidate finally," Joginder Dayal, member of the CPI national executive, said here on Monday.
"The Akalis are the only outsiders in the NDA, as the Shiv Sena is more or less similar to the BJP and it supports Modi's Hindutva agenda," said Dayal. "It's time that Badal thinks of parting ways, as Modi is going to spare no minority community to achieve his goal of a Hindu state," the communist leader said in his chat with the media.
Dayal asked Badal to "see reason" and "get rid of short-sighted approach for narrow political gains". "The country's secular fabric will be under threat under Modi, and this is what Badal should realise," he added.
The CPI leader reminded Badal that Punjabis were strong believers in secularism and they had proved it by crushing terrorism. The Akalis should remember that even Sikh Gurus were strong advocates of secularism, and had resisted the Mughal rulers who had been forcing Hindus and other communities to embrace Islam, he further said.
Pointing to manner in which Modi was trying to oust Punjabis farmers from the Kutch region, the communist leader said Badal had made no sincere efforts to come to their rescue.
Leaders to court arrest
On October 3, 4 and 5, the CPI leaders and volunteers will participate in Jail Bharo, a nationwide agitation of fill prisons. In protest against price rise, corruption and employment, they will defy the prohibitory orders and court arrest in all districts of the country.
On October 3, Dayal and Amritsar district CPI general secretary Amarjit Singh Aasal will court arrest in Amritsar. They will march from their office in the Putligarh area to the district administrative complex for this purpose.