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RSS is `extremely’ communal: Brinda

Saturday 30 April 2005

Sangh accused of using BJP and other affiliate organisations as puppets

`Nothing to defame’: The CPI (M) Polit Bureau member, Brinda Karat, coming out of a court after appearing in a defamation case filed against her by RSS, in Bhopal on Friday.

BHOPAL: Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat today came down heavily on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and called it an ``extremely communal’’ organisation.

Ms Karat, who had come here for hearing in a defamation case lodged by the RSS for her comments made against the organisation, told reporters that she had no respect for the RSS.

``I respect the court but how can there be `Maanhani’ (loss of dignity) of the RSS when it has no `maan’ (dignity),’’ she said.

She said the RSS thought of itself as a cultural organisation but it commented on every political development and took the support of court upon any statement made against it.

Ms Karat, who recently became the first woman member of the Politburo, said she considered the Sangh guilty for the Jhabua incidents in Madhya Pradesh and she stood by her statements made in this regard.

She accused the RSS of using the BJP and other affiliate organisations as puppets. ``The organisation, which does not have faith in the country’s Constitution, could prove harmful for the nation. Such organisations are on our targets.’’

The CPI (M) leader said besides expanding the party the recently held convention in New Delhi stressed on strongly campaigning against communalism and casteism.

The meeting also decided to fight for minimum rights of Dalits and campaign against depriving them from land.

Ms Karat said her party workers would go to every village in 150 districts to monitor the implementation of `Food for Work’ programme. The Centre had announced Rs 10,000 crores for the programme.

Commenting on the recently passed Patents Bill in Parliament, she said the CPI (M) did a meaningful and positive debate on the Bill and was successful in getting some changes introduced.

She said the stress of her party was on establishing better coordination with the public than the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

Regarding the All India Muslim Personal Law Board meeting here, she said apart from other matters, issues like `talaq’ (divorce) needed reform.

She said it was not proper to sideline reformers and bring fundamentalists on the stage.

She favoured to promote those people who had come forward to change the Muslim Personal Law. The shortcomings in the model `nikahnama’ should be rectified. — UNI

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