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Defeating BJP main issue

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Kochi
May 03, 2004 02:08 PM IST

CPI(M) politburo member Prakash Karat said that the main issue before his party in the present Lok Sabha elections was the defeat of BJP and its allies.

CPI(M) politburo member Prakash Karat on Sunday said that the main issue before his party in the present Lok Sabha elections was the defeat of BJP and its allies.

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Karat, told reporters here, Congress was not the enemy of the CPI(M). "We are fighting the Congress and UDF in Kerala, as the state government is pursuing the same policies of the Vajpayee government, which is harmful for the people and the state."

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Alleging that the policies followed by the Congress-led governments, whether in Maharashtra, Punjab or Kerala, was no different from that followed by the BJP-led NDA administration at the Centre, he cited examples like privatisation and the 'commercialisation' of education.

Pointing out that Congress was unconcerned about the Vajpayee government's foreign policy, he alleged that the Congress, by and large, agreed with the stand of the NDA government in getting close to the US.

Accusing the Congress of not making known its stand on the 'popular uprising' in Iraq, he said the LDF election manifesto had demanded withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

"There should be an interim administration of the United Nations, preparatory to handing over the sovereignty to the Iraqi people", he said.

Antony cannot divert important issues by blaming the CPI(M) for obstructing development in Kerala, he added.

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