Debating India


BJP’s Lucknow platform harmful, says CPI

Tuesday 26 December 2006

Special Correspondent

"The BJP will be held squarely responsible for any disruptive activities"

NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Monday said the platform of "divisive politics and rank communalism" adopted by the Bharatiya Janata Party at its Lucknow national council was dangerous.

The Polit Bureau in a statement said the speech by BJP president Rajnath Singh, the political resolution and the speeches of other leaders had highlighted all the issues on the BJP/RSS combine’s agenda which had found no support among the people.

Noting that the BJP’s political resolution harped on "Muslim appeasement" and issued a warning that this could lead to a second partition of India, the party said: "The argument put forth are reminiscent of how the Hindu communal platform stayed away from the national movement for independence and sought to divide it on communal lines. In a secular India, the rights of minorities have to be ensured and the Sachar Committee report has underlined the failings in this regard."

Harmful consequences

It said Muslim baiting and efforts to foment communal tensions could 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.

The record of the BJP in government both at the Centre and in the States had shown the people that a rightwing communal platform was no answer to their problems, the CPI (M) said.

The BJP leadership, it said, was unable to realise that the politics and ideology it espoused were no more in tune with the aspirations of the common people more concerned with the issues of livelihood, food, education, health and well-being.

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