Marxists have degenerated into anarchic violence: Karat

CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat today spit fire at the outlawed Maoists saying they have degenerated into anarchic violence in the guise of fighting for the cause of the oppressed classes.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2010, 23:55 PM IST

Vijayawada: CPI-M general secretary
Prakash Karat today spit fire at the outlawed Maoists saying
they have degenerated into anarchic violence in the guise of
fighting for the cause of the oppressed classes.

"They wear the red flag and attack the red flag
(CPI-M). They are killing Adivasis, farmers, workers and their
families in the name of fighting for the cause of the tribals
and the oppressed," Karat lashed out at a public meeting,
marking the culmination of the party`s four-day extended
central committee meeting here.

He alleged that Maoists were being used as a weapon to
target CPI-M and kill its workers in West Bengal.

"But we will expose the heinous face of the Maoists.
They will be isolated and rejected by the people in West
Bengal," he claimed.

The party would go to the people for a week from
September 12 to tell them what was happening in West Bengal,
"our strongest base" in the country.

"This is not to defend our government there. This is
to defend the gains of the people through land reforms,
various welfare programmes and decentralisation of power and
strong panchayat raj system built in West Bengal. It is also
to defend the firm secular legacy of the state," he asserted.

Karat was equally vehement in his attack of Congress
in Kerala which, he said, was unable to fight the pro-people
Left Democratic Front government.

"Congress is trying to fight the LDF by mobilising all
caste and communal forces in Kerala. It is being supported by
the Muslim League, the extremist Popular Front and sections of
the Church. The Church has no business in politics. It is an
unholy combination."

Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said India was not
shining but dying. "Shining India is only of the rich class
while for the poor it is a dying India. The country has 52
multi-billionaires whose combined assets are equal to
one-fourth of the country`s GDP."

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, who
spent four days in the city attending the ECC meeting, joined
the huge rally organised by the party ahead of the public
meeting before leaving for the airport. He flew to Hyderabad
and skipped the public meeting. Tripura Chief Minister Manik
Sarkar, several Politburo and Central Committee members
attended the meeting.

-PTI