CPI (M) Politburo member Brinda Karat said that the elevation of Narendra Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party had only energised the communal agenda of the BJP and also brought the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh agenda into the forefront. “It is the RSS which decided on the Modi’s candidature. Both the BJP and RSS are assiduously working on communal agenda subsequent to the Muzaffarnagar violence in Uttar Pradesh,” she added.
Ms. Karat was talking to reporters ahead of the public function the CPI (M) organised here on Thursday to commemorate the centenary year celebrations of Jyoti Basu.
On the coming Lok Sabha polls, Ms. Karat said that time had come for creation of a political platform with alternative policies other than that of the pro-corporate policies followed by Congress and BJP.
On Tamil Nadu, she expressed the hope of carrying forward the understanding her party had with AIADMK in the recent elections. “The AIADMK government here has adopted good stance in many matters including when the Neyveli Lignite Corporation issue came up and also on food security, among others,” she opined. Ms. Karat blamed the United Progressive Alliance Government for the widening of Current Account Deficit and the subsequent economic issued that cropped up.
She was also critical of allowing Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) where the country’s economy was robust such as retail trade and insurance sector. Ms. Karat accused the UPA government of trying to dilute Nuclear Liability Bill and further criticised the Food Security Bill in its current form alleging that it would affect the States like Tamil Nadu where the coverage of public distribution system were good. CPIM Central Committee Member U Vasuki, State secreteriat Member Thangavel MLA, Thiruppur District Secretary K Kamaraj were also present.
(Source : The Hindu)