CPM calls for unity of secular, democratic forces to defeat BJP

CPM calls for unity of secular, democratic forces to defeat BJP

Hyderabad: mid internal differences over the issue of forging electoral understanding with the Congress ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday kicked off its national convention with a call to mobilise “secular and democratic forces” to defeat the BJP.
“In the final analysis, the answer to the present challenges is the policy alternative that can only be provided by the Left and democratic forces,” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury told the inaugural session of the party’s 22nd congress here.
Launching a strident attack on the BJP for “grievously threatening” the integrity of the country’s social fabric, he said mobilising secular and democratic forces was imperative to strengthen people›s struggle for realisation of an alternative policy direction for the country.
Yechury, whose political line favouring truck with Congress as part of a larger anti-BJP formation was earlier rejected by the party, did not name Congress while calling for unity of the secular and democratic forces. The Marxist leader singled out BJP for the stinging attack.
“I am confident that the party conclave will give a new direction to strengthen its independent activities, to intensify people›s struggles, to strengthen unity of Left forces and to boost the unity of the Left and democratic forces,” Yechuri told the gathering at the RTC Kalyana Mandapam.
About 840 delegates from all over the country are attending the five-day convention where the party is expected to take a call on whether to forge electoral understanding with the Congress to take on the BJP-led NDA in the next elections. The meeting will also see election of new general secretary and the Central Committee.
Accusing the BJP leaders of using rape as a weapon of communal polarisation, he said, “The dehumanisation of our society is seen in the chilling incidents of rape in Kathua and Unnao. It is shameful to see rape being used as weapon for communal polarisation. This must be resisted and defeated.»
“The current government whose reins are controlled by the RSS is pursuing policies that have imposed unprecedented miseries on the people and,” Yechury said.
He said the sharpening of communal polarisation was tearing asunder the unity of the social fabric as never before.
On the growing assertion of Hindutva politics, he said, “In the name of Gau Raksha, muslims and dalits are being targeted for murderous assaults. In the name of moral policing our youth are being told what to wear, what to eat, whom to befriend. Those not following such instructions are assaulted. These private armies are seeking to control our social order, under the patronage of RSS/BJP.»
The answer to the current challenges was a policy alternative that can only be provided by the Left and democratic forces, the CPI (M) leader said.
The assault of neo-liberal economic policies, he said, had assumed unprecedented dimensions and sharpened extreme inequalities. «The promise to our youth of creating two crore jobs every year has been reneged. On the contrary, even in the organised sector today, there is growing unemployment.