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Vijayawada: Tweaking a bit its earlier stand of maintaining equidistance from Congress and BJP, the CPI (M) today indicated that communalism posed a greater threat to the nation and asked the Centre and states to make no concessions to such forces.


"The forces of majority communalism work on the basis of the Hindutva ideology and outlook which is injurious to the country and people's unity," party General Secretary Prakash Karat said at the inaugural session of the three-day extended Central Committee meeting here.

He said the BJP-run state governments in Gujarat, Karnataka or Madhya Pradesh "are targeting the minorities, both Muslims and Christians, and seek to deprive them of their rights as citizens".


The recent exposures of "how the police and State machinery in Gujarat have been used to cover-up the pogroms and stage encounter killings are a chilling reminder of what is in store for the country if such forces come to power", Karat said.

"Terrorist violence emanating from whichever source should be put down firmly," he said, adding that this required both the central and state governments not to make any concession to the communal forces.


He also attacked the Congress for pursuing ''neo-liberal'' policies, which was "an outlook and philosophy which worships the market and promotes greed and rapacity.

"Every institution of the State and every pore of our society is getting polluted and corrupted. The nexus between big business and politics is now out in the open," Karat said asking party members to fight against these tendencies.

The Coimbatore Congress of the CPI(M) had laid down a path to maintain equidistance from Congress and BJP, terming them as ''twin danger''. But the inaugural speech by Karat indicates that communalism was a greater danger.

The top CPI (M) leader called for strengthening Left unity and widening the support for a "Left and democratic alternative" but stopped short of suggesting a Third Front.


He said this was the charter for political and social change in India which the CPI (M) and the Left would advocate.




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