On the NRC, the CPM attacked the BJP, saying the “misleading” statement made by the BJP president with regard to the exclusion of 40 lakh people declaring them “illegal migrants” will only “add to the fear and anxiety”.
He argued that the HECI Bill undermines public trust and educational needs of the people. He said while the concern over “quality” is repeated several times, “equity and access” do not even find a passing mention.
The CPI(M), CPI, RSP, Forward Bloc and the CPI(ML) held the protest on the Parliament Street here and accused the BJP of unleashing a “politics of violence” for garnering votes.
The TMC chief has often spoken in favour of a ‘Federal Front’ to oust the BJP-led NDA government from power and has held talks with regional party leaders in this regard.
Out of the three states, where the Left has a substantial organisational base, Kerala remains, as of today, the only state in the country where it has a government.
Sitaram Yechury said there was a “question mark” over the impartiality of the Election Commission. He alleged that Parliament was under “direct attack” as its sessions were getting truncated.
Yechury alleged that the then RSS chief’s letters pledging support to Indira Gandhi and pleading for release during the Emergency were recorded in history.
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury compared PM Narendra Modi with the US President Donald Trump and alleged that while the latter was “promoting racism”, the former was “encouraging communalism”.
CPI leader D Raja alleged that the BJP-RSS combine had unleashed “fascism, fear and intimidation”, with people living in fear and insecurity and their constitutional and democratic rights under attack.
Sitaram Yechury said that despite the outcome of the panchayat elections, which were swept by TMC, there had been a revival of resistance against the ruling party.
Four dominant narratives about the nature of the RSS run parallel to each other. Most do not understand the organisation’s ethos.
A politics based on democratic welfarism could offer a political alternative. The Bahujan Left Front in Telangana comprising communists and Ambedkarites may show the way.
“We will have no political alliance with the Congress. But we will have an understanding with it inside and outside (Parliament) to stop communalism,” Sitaram Yechury said.
CPM party congress revealed a party still divided on ways to arrest its own decline, still obsessing on relations with Congress.
Besides re-electing Sitaram Yechury as general secretary, the party also elected a 95-member Central Committee in the 22nd CPI(M) Party Congress.