CPM general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya hit out at the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh on Monday,alleging that the government is hoping to benefit from the polarisation of communities in the state.
The Samajwadi Party is stronger than the Congress in the state,so their short-term calculation might be that some kind of communal polarisation will help the party at one end. But whenever only short-term calculations are made,they cause a long-term damage, Bhattacharya said.
The way the communal tension has flared up again and again and the kind of role the government has played,of being completely indifferent,only raises suspicion. If at all you can see,it is complicity with the communal forces, he said.
Bhattacharya was in Lucknow to take part in the protest being organised by Rihai Manch,which has been calling for justice for 2007 court blasts accused Khalid Mujahid and for the release of innocents locked up in jails. The protest,which began soon after Mujahids death,completed 62 days on Monday.
Bhattacharya also said that the situation is no better in other parts of the country. There is Khalid Mujahid here,Ishrat Jahan in Gujarat,Qateel Siddiqui in Congress-ruled Maharshtra; the pattern everywhere is the same,regardless of the party in power. It has become a pattern of the Government of India,which only highlights its pro-US policy, he said,adding that it is all a calculated plan to defame a particular community.
Bhattacharya also said the Gujarat model is nothing but a model of mass murders and of a culture of fake encounters,which only instils fear in the citizens.
He also criticised the corporate-friendly image of Gujarat,saying that the corporates like it as they have got full freedom to exploit the farmers,the labourers and the youth,whose voices are muffled,adding that it is dangerous now that there are plans to take this to the national level. He also said that Rihai Manchs protest is a fight not just about the release of innocents who are locked in jails,it is as much about the release of democracy.