‘Modi utters on Muslims, but silence on right wing’

RSTV Bureau

draja_cpiNarendra Modi “spoke like a Prime Minister” when he said that Indian Muslims would live and die for the country, but he should check the Sangh Parivar from promoting communal polarisation to back his message of national unity, the CPI said on Monday.

“It is good that he (Modi) spoke like a Prime Minister. But his words should translate into action as the Sangh Parivar have been raising issues of religious divide and so-called ‘love jihad’ to create tension.”

“There is a big campaign unleashed by the RSS-BJP. The Prime Minister should restrain these forces,” CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said in a press conference.

He claimed that even BJP President Amit Shah has made certain statements in the past to “provoke tensions” while the Sangh Parivar have been “intensifying their offensive for communal polarisation through hate campaigns”.

“The Indian Right has become brazen and aggressive (enough) to use the state apparatus to push through its agenda. The change in rhetoric and demagogy does not hide the sinister designs of the BJP-led rule,” charged the senior CPI leader.

On Modi’s upcoming visit to the US, Reddy said the government should treat “carefully” during negotiations and “not fall into the American trap” of furthering the strategic partnership under which Washington may try to sell India old nuclear reactors which have not been in use for two decades.

“In the name of helping India’s power sector, the US will try to push India into accepting such reactors. We don’t know yet as to what is on the agenda for the defence sector. Our experience with the US has not been good,” he said.

On the other hand CPI National Secretary D Raja said the US has been pressuring India to dilute the provisions of the nuclear liability law, which would benefit American companies to the detriment of Indian interests.

Regarding the poor performance of Left parties, Reddy said the challenge before them was “unprecedented” and their weakening was “not good for the country as the Left has been raising issues concerning the poor”.

Calling for introspection and political review by the Left, he said parties like CPI (ML) and SUCI, which have not been with the traditional Left bloc so far, were being roped in for joint struggles in various states like Bihar, West Bengal and Telangana.

“There are discussions going on at the bilateral and multi -party levels to expand the Left platform across the country in order to unleash joint struggles and campaigns,” he said, adding that CPI would organise nationwide campaigns and protests on the issue of price rise on October 16.

The CPI National Council decided to hold the Party Congress in Pondicherry from March 25-29 next year.