Cong lashes out at `deal` between Opposition, Left

Concerned over the BJP and the Left attacking the government on several issues in and outside Parliament, Congress today trained its guns on the "opportunistic anti-Congress alliance".

Updated: May 18, 2010, 00:24 AM IST

New Delhi: Concerned over the BJP and the
Left attacking the government on several issues in and outside
Parliament, Congress today trained its guns on the
"opportunistic anti-Congress alliance".

Playing the secular card, the party asked the Left
whether the threat posed by communalism was over.

Congress spokesman Manish Tewari alleged that a "similar
deal" between the opposition parties in the 70s and 80s led
to the rise of communal forces in the late 80s and 90s, the
result of which was disastrous.

"We want to ask these so called secular parties... is
the challenge posed by communalism over?" The nation should
know that once again the responsibility of protecting
secularism and the idea of India is on the Congress," Tewari
added.

The Congress` statement has come in the backdrop of
the BJP and the Left coming together on the issue of the cut
motions in the Lok Sabha as also on the issue of price rise
and the Nuclear Liabilities Bill.

Tewari`s comments also came at a time when it was
seeking to mollify Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress in
the wake of Congress and TC parting ways in the upcoming
Kolkata Municipal elections.

Trinamool Congress is the second largest party in the
UPA after Congress, which is pinning its hopes on capturing
power in the Left-ruled West Bengal in alliance with the
party.

Tewari lamented that in the last one year of the UPA
government, the "opportunistic anti-Congress" alliance has
compromised secularism.

"One salient political facet in last one year has been
an opportunistic anti-Congress alliance in the ranks of the
opposition. Like in the 70s and 80s, ideologically opposed
political formations are entering into various political
deals," he said.

Giving the example of the reactions after the explosions
allegedly carried out by some right wing outfits and on the
activities of organisations like the Sriram Sene recently,
Tewari said except for the Congress, the condemnation by the
so-called secular parties has been "extremely muted".

-PTI