Even as it woos Muslim outfits,the CPI(M) played the Muslim card to the hilt on Friday by positioning itself as the champion of minorities. CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said his party is doing the utmost for uplift of minorities in Left-ruled states of Kerala,West Bengal and Tripura.
Kerala and West Bengal have the best record in terms of access to land by Muslims through land reforms; 30.9 per cent of the rural households in West Bengal are Muslim households having access to 25.6 per cent of the total cultivated land in the state. In Kerala,the Muslim households comprise 20 per cent of the total rural household having access of 16.7 per cent of the total cultivated land. Equity to Muslims was ensured through land reforms, he said.
Besides,he pointed out that while West Bengal has a 15 per cent state level budgetary sub-plan for the advancement of minorities in the state since 2007,the Government of Kerala has adopted state-specific schemes in addition to the existing schemes. He also accused the Congress of getting intimidated by the BJPs propaganda and refusing to take action against communal forces in various cases. He also alleged that the Congress Government has failed to implement the recommendations of the Sachar Committee.