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CPI tells CPI(M) not to raise Congress bogey

28 April, 2017 3:48 PM
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Says party is for a broad alliance against communalism and fascism

CPI State secretary Kanam Rajendran has asked the CPI(M) leadership not to threaten it raising the ‘Congress bogey’.

“We are talking about a broad alliance against communalism and fascism and not about any electoral tie-up. Those who criticise us are those who had allied with the Congress in some States and whose nominee became the Speaker when Congress was in power at the Centre. In the current national context, the Left must become stronger, but there must also be efforts to strengthen secular and democratic forces,” CPI State secretary Kanam Rajendran told the media at conclusion of the CPI State council meeting here on Friday.

Mr. Rajendran said he had aired his views on some issues because he considered it his duty to point deviations from the Left path. His views were not those of a minority in the CPI. His views reflected the unanimous view of the party State executive. The attempt to make it appear that this was a minority was mischievous. He was constrained to say certain things in public because of the observations made by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Prakash Karat, the CPI leader added.

He also made a veiled attack on the decision to hold an all-party meeting on the implementation of the Land Utilisation Act. Big time encroachers can be evicted only by enforcing the laws strongly. The government should allow the officers to enforce the law. Mainstream political parties should offer all support to them. The government should consider enacting a law, on the lines of the one in Andhra Pradesh, to mete out stringent punishment to encroachers.

He also took exception to the campaign that the CPI was supportive of the Tata group. Tracing the history of legislations in the State, Mr. Rajendran said this would show that it was the CPI(M) that had stayed away from the voting on a bill seeking to take over the Kanan Devan Hills land, he added.

Earlier, the CPI State council heard strong criticism of the CPI(M) stand on Munnar evictions and the stand being taken by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on various issues. Several members, who spoke in the meeting, were of the view that the party should not compromise on its positions bowing to the ‘autocratic’ stance being taken by the Chief Minister.


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