Bharatiya Janata Party resorting to polarization in poll-bound areas: Left Parties

New Delhi, Aug 7 : Left parties today accused the BJP of trying to “disintegrate” the social fabric by resorting to communal polarization, specially in areas going to polls soon, and asked people to unite and resist such moves. In editorials appearing in their mouthpieces, CPI(M) and CPI also attacked Narendra Modi government for pursuing the ‘neo-liberal’ agenda to facilitate “greater inflow of foreign investments to permit profit maximization at the cost of our people and country’s sovereignty and grant greater concessions to India Inc.”

“Given the massive support rendered by international finance capital-backed India Inc, to the Modi election campaign, it is probably only natural that such a course should appear inevitable,” senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said in an editorial in party organ ‘People’s Democracy’. While a large number of communal riots have occured in the recent past, within a few weeks of the new government, “core Hindutva agenda-?abrogation of Article 370, Uniform Civil Code, building of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya- have all been articulated by cabinet ministers”, with a Goan minister also announcing that the “establishment of a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ has begun!” Yechury said.

In 10 weeks since May 16, when the new government took over in Delhi, 605 incidents of communal nature took place in Uttar Pradesh alone. ”Significantly, two-thirds of these took place in and around the 12 Assembly constituencies where by-elections are due shortly. Similar reports are also coming in from Bihar where 10 Assembly by-elections are due,” Yechury said. The CPI(M) leader said “clearly, having won the general elections and formed the central government, the BJP has given a go-bye to its electoral slogans like ‘acche din aanewale hein’ and brazenly returned to its RSS roots of sharpening communal polarization for further electoral gains.”

Referring to the cases of communal violence in various parts including Muzaffarnagar, the CPI organ ‘New Age’ also said, “people have to be warned about the threats posed by the double-edged weapon of communal polarization. We can ignore it at our own peril,” it added.