Sitaram Yechury keen to pool anti-BJP votes

CPM general secretary reiterates need for establishing a larger anti-fascist front.

Thiruvananthapuram: CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Friday reiterated the need for maximizing the pooling of all anti-BJP votes in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls to defeat the fascist and communal forces in the country. Inaugurating the national seminar on 'Challenges posed by communal fascists ' organized by CPI as part of its 23rd party congress here, Mr Yechury said under the present political circumstances top priority should be given to bringing down the BJP-led government at the Centre.

He said the strength of alternative policies has to be based on the policy direction put forward by left and democratic forces. "It is not neta but neeti that is required for the country. This policy framework needs to be worked out," he said. Yechury said the main task was to defeat the BJP-RSS combine by organising mass movement based on alternative policies. But at the time of elections appropriate electoral tactics will be worked out through which maximum pooling fo anti BJP votes will be carried to defeat the BJP RSS and its fascist policies.

The CPM has identified four major challenges before the country since BJP government came to power at the Centre. The challenges which are to be fought and defeated include neo-liberal policies which are being implemented with greater aggression compared to previous UPA government, sharpening of communal polarization and projection of Hindutva nationalism, undermining of constitutional institutions to attain RSS fascist project of Hindurashtra, and India cementing itself as junior partner of US imperialism in global affairs. CPI national secretary D. Raja, MP, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran, minister A.K. Saseendran and MLAs K N A Khader and V S Sivakumar also were present.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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