Taking the first step to bring together disparate Left formations on a common policy platform, the six Left parties Saturday agreed to launch a joint campaign on various issues, including “infiltration of RSS and Hindutva ideology” in state institutions. This is the first time that CPI(ML-Liberation) and SUCI have decided to join hands with the other four Left parties.
CPM, which is leading the Left bloc, has been stressing the need for unity among the six parties. The decline in electoral influence of CPM has, however, forced it to make the first move of convening the meeting.
Sources said CPI(ML) had broached the topic of Left unity first after the Lok Sabha polls.
The leaders of the six parties have agreed to hold a week-long joint campaign in December to protest attempts by the BJP government to dilute the MGNREGA and open the insurance sector to FDI. They would also demand steps to curb price rise, stop infiltration of “RSS and Hindutva ideology in education, public broadcasting media and other institutions of the state”, put an end to “love jihad” campaign and communal propaganda.
After the meeting, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat said the Narendra Modi government was “being backed fully by the corporates and the Hindutva forces”, and pointed out that the communal forces “have also become very aggressive and active” after the Lok Sabha polls.
“We have made a beginning that the Left will unitedly move on these issues and we are hopeful that in the coming days we will be able to gather all other Left forces to go towards presenting a strong Left-based alternative in the country,” Karat said.
Karat, however, was non-committal on joining hands with other “secular parties”.