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BJP no alternative to Congress: Prakash Karat

Last Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 20:51

Patna: Lashing out at BJP for anointing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, the CPI(M) on Sunday alleged that the party wants to "polarise the country on communal lines" in a bid to win the 2014 general elections.

By projecting Modi as it prime ministerial candidate, the BJP has clearly set out on the path of "polarising the country on communal likes" to wrest power at the Centre in the next general elections, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat told a joint convention of the Left parties.

"The BJP may try to play out communal riots and rake up issues like the Ram Temple construction at Ayodhya to woo the electorate in the run up to the parliamentary elections and seek to ride on communal polarisation for wresting power at the Centre," Karat said.

Describing Modi`s anointment as the BJP`s PM candidate as a well orchestrated exercise by the party to "whip up communal frenzy" ahead of the general elections next year, the CPI(M) leader said that the RSS chose the Gujarat Chief minister as the BJP`s face for the next general election apparently to maximize electoral gains from his `divisive` personality.

Karat claimed that the RSS had taken a final decision on Modi`s name as the BJP`s PM candidate at a meeting with the top party leaders in New Delhi which was attended among others by BJP president Rajnath Singh, who was then directed to make the announcement in this regard at the earliest.

The hectic consultations between the BJP and RSS over the decision of Modi`s candidature recently has also removed all doubts that these two entities were different as it has been established that the BJP does whatever it`s dictated by the Sangh Parivar, he alleged.

The CPI(M leader further alleged that the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar district and elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, Nawada and Bettiah in Bihar and Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir were "whipped by the BJP" to polarize the country and the `Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama` and resurrection of the Ram Temple agitation were part of the BJP`s larger "divisive agendas."


First Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 19:02

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