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.
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“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.
The draft political resolution was presented by Prakash Karat on the first day of the party’s 22nd national conference in Hyderabad earlier this week. It was also supported by the party’s central committee in January.
Hyderabad has been painted red, ahead of CPI’s crucial meet, with thousands of banners, flags and billboards erected. This is the second time the triennial meet is being held in the city — the last was in 2002.
“The Tripura election was a big setback to us. One thing is clear: the BJP succeeded in building a total anti-Left front,” Sitaram Yechury said.
To a query, CPI(M) Politburo member B V Raghavulu said the new General Secretary and the Central Committee will be elected on the last day on the basis of the discussions held in the conference.
On the TDP first allying and now moving away from the BJP, Sitaram Yechury said: “We asked TDP why they were again getting into alliance with BJP after being out of power for 10 years in the united AP following the previous alliance.”
Yechury called for unity among Opposition parties to defeat the NDA in the Lok Sabha elections next year.
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that his party was ready to fight the BJP and RSS and widespread protests will be held across the country against such “fascist attacks”.