CPM asks comrades to fight RSS on the ground
Kolkata: The CPM on Sunday said that Left parties had
to work on the ground politically, ideologically and organisationally to
counter the RSS and mere editorials would not serve the purpose.
Prakash Karat, the party’s general secretary, said, “The
RSS does not fight election, but they put people in the BJP who fight the
elections. But they (RSS) do active work on the ground through its social,
meditational, cultural and religious acts.”
Speaking at a function here to mark the 100th birth
anniversary of party leader M Basabpunnaiah, Karat said that fighting the
organisation through editorials was not enough. “We have to counter them on the
ground politically, ideologically and organisationally to achieve that,” he
Turning his focus on the BJP’s anticipated rise in
West Bengal, he asserted that the Left in West Bengal cannot afford to be complacent
in view of the party’s concerted efforts to make inroads.
In such circumstances they have to fight both BJP and
Trinamool Congress, both of which, he claimed, were playing communal politics.
He claimed that BJP president Amit Shah, who arrived
in Kolkata on Sunday to attend party programmes, “has been asked by RSS to
concentrate on three or four states where the saffron party is weak. These are
West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the divided Andhra Pradesh.”
“This is the challenge being faced by the Left
democratic parties. We have a party in power at the Centre which is using
communal forces to divide the people,” Karat stated.
Claiming that the Left parties had the wherewithal to
go to the people and raise issues like change in labour laws, squeeze on
livelihood and diesel price rise affecting them, Karat said that at the
national level, Left parties would have to be brought together on a common
minimum agenda, despite differences on some issues, to fight the BJP.
“The central trade unions had already agreed to fight
together against proposed changes in labour laws,” he said.