Keep religion and politics separate: Brinda

Last Updated: Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 21:50

Ranchi: The CPI (M) on Sunday said nobody should
mix religion with politics or link any issue to religion as it
was against the nature of secularism.

"I understand that religion should not be mixed with
politics nor any political plank should be linked with
religion as it is against secularism," CPI(M) politburo member
Brinda Karat told a press conference here.

"I am not taking the name of any individual, but CPI(M)
is against religiously leaning politics and linking any
political issue with religion," she said replying to a query
whether yoga guru Ramdev Baba?s campaign against corruption
and bringing back black money without forming a political
party construed to mixing politics with religion.

She, however, refrained from suggesting Ramdev to form a
political party to raise such issues saying "why should I say
(when) each citizen has a right (to form a political party).

But what I say is religion and politics should be kept
separate."

To another query she said there was no "Ramdev nor any
swamy" when she spoke on the stage at the invitation of Anna
Hazare during the latter`s token protest in New Delhi over a
month ago.

"I kept my party’s policies respectfully at the Anna
Hazare`s forum which is India against corruption," She said.

Slamming the Congress for trying to pass a "weak Lokpal
Bill", Brinda said the CPI (M) had suggested some amendments
to the bill as the one brought by government could not curb
corruption.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 21:50

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